ransomran‧som1 /ˈrænsəm/ noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1SCan amount of money that is paid to free someone who is held as a prisoner 🔊 The kidnappers were demanding a ransom of $250,000. 🔊 The government refused to pay the ransom.ransom demand/note 🔊 There has still been no ransom demand. 🔊 He’s got the ransom money.2 →hold somebody for ransom3 →hold somebody to ransom
ransomransom2 verb [transitive] 🔊 🔊 SCto pay an amount of money so that someone who is being held as a prisoner is set free 🔊 They were all ransomed and returned unharmed.→ See Verb table
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ransom• They were all ransomed and returned unharmed.• North, carefully distracting Livingstone from the thought that hostages might have been ransomed for arms, gave him the WholePicture.• We know that many among ourselves have given themselves to bondage that they might ransom others.