Meaning of “ransom” in the English Dictionary

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ransomnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈræn·səm/

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.

ransomverb [ T ]

us /ˈræn·səm/

to free someone who has been taken away by paying money:

The executive was ransomed for a million dollars.

(Definition of “ransom” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)