Definition of ransom verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

ransom

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˈrænsəm//
 
ransom somebodyVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ransom
 
he / she / it ransoms
 
past simple ransomed
 
-ing form ransoming
 
 
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to pay money to someone so that they will set free the person that they are keeping as a prisoner The kidnapped children were all ransomed and returned home unharmed.
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