[ US /ˈɹænsəm/ ]
[ UK /ɹˈænsəm/ ]
  1. the act of freeing from captivity or punishment
  2. payment for the release of someone
  3. money demanded for the return of a captured person
  1. exchange or buy back for money; under threat
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How To Use ransom In A Sentence

  • The unit installs at the transom and emits sonar beams that ‘look’ out to 240 feet on either side of the boat.
  • That's one of the main Spanish trawler Tuesday, and a self-proclaimed pirate said the hostage-takers were paid $3.3 million in ransom. WN.com - Articles related to EU navy arrests 13 pirates off Oman
  • The twelve-panel front door is surmounted with a transom window and framed by fluted pilasters supporting an open pediment.
  • The government says it is opposed to paying ransom, but cannot prevent families of victims from making their own arrangements.
  • And when he was before the prince, he excused himself so sagely that the prince and his council held him excused, and so he fell again into the prince's love and redeemed out his men by reasonable ransoms; and the chatelain was set to his ransom of ten thousand franks, the which he paid after. Chronicle and Romance (The Harvard Classics Series)
  • The hardships have been played down and there are only oblique references to the question of whether or not a ransom was paid. Times, Sunday Times
  • Only the transom and a small section of the keel of the vessel - owned by the Coastal Forces Heritage Trust - were left.
  • Contacts in Europe identify vessels that will command a hefty ransom and follow their voyage until they are within range of the gangs. Times, Sunday Times
  • It is sad to note that in some instances much-needed cooperation has been lacking and the economy has been held to ransom because of what one might call avaricious tendencies," the president said. ANC Daily News Briefing
  • Other forms of attack include shutting companies' systems down and demanding a ransom to get them working again. Times, Sunday Times
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