Meaning of ransom

ran•som

Pronunciation: (ran'sum), [key]
—v.t.
  1. to redeem from captivity, bondage, detention, etc., by paying a demanded price.
  2. to release or restore on receipt of a ransom.
  3. to deliver or redeem from punishment for sin.

Ran•som

Pronunciation: (ran'sum), [key]
  1. 1888–1974, U.S. poet, critic, and teacher.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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