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ransomnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈræn·səm/
a ​sum of ​moneydemanded 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 ​payingmoney: The ​executive was ransomed for a million ​dollars.
(Definition of ransom from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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ransomnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈræn.səm/
a ​largeamount of ​money that is ​demanded in ​exchange for someone who has been taken ​prisoner, or sometimes for an ​animal: a ransom demand/​note They demanded a ​huge ransom for the ​return of the little ​girl whom they had ​kidnapped. The ​gang held the ​racehorse to/for ransom.

ransomverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈræn.səm/
to ​paymoney in ​order to set someone ​free: Her ​father ransomed her for a million ​dollars.
(Definition of ransom from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “ransom”
in Korean 몸값…
in Arabic فِدْية…
in Malaysian wang pampasan…
in French rançon…
in Russian выкуп…
in Chinese (Traditional) 贖金…
in Italian riscatto…
in Turkish fidye…
in Polish okup…
in Spanish rescate…
in Vietnamese tiền chuộc…
in Portuguese valor do resgate…
in Thai ค่าไถ่ตัว…
in German das Lösegeld, Lösegeld……
in Catalan rescat…
in Japanese 身代金…
in Chinese (Simplified) 赎金…
in Indonesian tebusan…
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