Bounty definition

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Something given freely; generous gift.
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Something given liberally.
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The definition of bounty means generosity or abundance or a monetary reward given by the government, given for joining the armed forces, or given for catching a person or animal.

When there is a great harvest that produces lots of food, this is an example of nature's bounty.

When the government pays a sum of money to an army recruit upon enlistment, this is an example of a bounty.

When there is a reward out for anyone who captures a certain criminal, this is an example of a bounty.

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Liberality in giving.
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A reward for some specific act, especially one given by a government or authority.
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Liberality in giving.
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Generosity in giving.
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A benefit, premium, or reward offered or given, especially by a government, to cause a person to take some specific action.
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A gift or favor generously bestowed.
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Something given liberally.
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(nautical) Formerly, money paid to volunteers for serving in the British navy in time of war.
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A reward, premium, or allowance, esp. one given by a government for killing certain harmful animals, raising certain crops, etc.
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A reward, inducement, or payment, especially one given by a government for acts deemed beneficial to the state, such as killing predatory animals, growing certain crops, starting certain industries, or enlisting for military service.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
bounty
Plural:
bounties

Origin of bounty

  • Middle English bounte from Old French bonte from Latin bonitās goodness from bonus good deu-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Anglo-Norman bounté, Old French bonté (“goodness”) (French: bonté), from Latin bonitātem, accusative singular of bonitās (“goodness”), from bonus (“good”).

    From Wiktionary