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ransom

noun [C/U]  /ˈræn·səm/ us  
a sum of money demanded in exchange for someone or something that has been taken: [C] The kidnappers demanded a huge ransom. [U] The man’s brother was held for ransom.

ransom

verb [T]  /ˈræn·səm/ us  
to free someone who has been taken away by paying money: The executive was ransomed for a million dollars.
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