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ransom

ran·som

ransom

 
 
pronunciation:
raen sm
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition: the payment demanded in return for the release of a kidnapped person, or the release obtained by such a payment.
similar words:
bail, blackmail, exaction, extortion
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: ransomed, ransoming, ransoms
definition: to pay a price for the release of a kidnapped person.
synonyms:
redeem
similar words:
deliver, free, liberate, loose, pay off, release, rescue
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derivation: ransomer (n.)
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