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Noun: ransom  ran-sum
  1. Money demanded for the return of a captured person
    - ransom money
     
  2. Payment for the release of someone
     
  3. The act of freeing from captivity or punishment
Verb: ransom  ran-sum
  1. (crime) exchange or buy back for money; under threat
    - redeem

Derived forms: ransoming, ransoms, ransomed

Type of: change, cost, defrayal, defrayment, exchange, interchange, payment, recovery, retrieval

Encyclopedia: Ransom, Kentucky