To ransom is to obtain the release of someone or something that has been held hostage by paying a price.(verb)
An example of ransom is to regain custody of a child from a kidnapper by paying the money which the kidnapper has been demanding for the child's release.
Ransom is defined as the act of holding someone or something hostage in order to get a demand met, or the money paid to get the item or person back.(noun)
An example of ransom is the money paid to a kidnapper to get a kidnapped child back.
See ransom in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME raunson < OFr raençon < L redemptio, redemption
See ransom in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English ransome
Origin: , from Old French rançon
Origin: , from Latin redēmptiō, redēmptiōn-, a buying back; see redemption.
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