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Definition of ransom verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: ransom