(noun, verb)


1. money demanded for the return of a captured person

Definition categories: possession, cost

2. payment for the release of someone

Definition categories: act, defrayal, defrayment, payment

3. the act of freeing from captivity or punishment

Definition categories: act, recovery, retrieval

Sentences with ransom as a noun:

- They were held for two million dollars ransom.

- They were held to ransom.


1. exchange or buy back for money; under threat

Similar word(s): redeem

Definition categories: possession, change, exchange, interchange

Sentences with ransom as a verb:

- to ransom prisoners from an enemy

- Such lands as he had rule of he ransomed them so grievously, and would tax the men two or three times in a year. — Berners.