Ransom is a slightly difficult word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
When learning new words, it's important to see how they're used, or to see them in the different contexts in which they're often used, and that's just what we'll do to help you better understand ransom (and many other English words!). By seeing different ways you can use ransom in a sentence, as well as synonyms and antonyms of ransom, you will have a much better grasp on how it should be used, and you'll feel more confortable with using it much sooner.
Below you will find the definition of ransom, followed by 39 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - exchange or buy back for money; under threat
EXAMPLES - Ransom in a Sentence
- Instead of the Greek word "ransom," Jesus, who spoke (source)
- A ransom was the price paid to deliver a captive taken in war. (source)
- I love Garwood, but the heroine in ransom grated my nerves to much. (source)
- The word ransom means, literally, a price paid for the redemption of captives. (source)
- The hostages are rarely hurt and people are usually freed after a ransom is paid. (source)
- Gasher leaned forward at this, perhaps wanting to mention the idea of ransom again. (source)
- The ransom was a unique number not related to any of the monies that you have heard. (source)
- Kidnapping for ransom is a crime problem in Mexico that is extremely rare in the USA. (source)
- In a strange twist, we hope the people asking for the ransom are the ones who have him. (source)
- BECK: Well, cyber-hacking isn ` t new, but holding hack utility companies for ransom, that is new. (source)
- If we split the difference and call the ransom fourteen and a half millions, we still find that the (source)
- BECK: Well, cyber-hacking isn ` t new, but holding hacked utility companies for ransom, that is new. (source)
- "Paying a ransom is a dangerous thing to do," confirmed task team member Superintendent Ernst Strydom. (source)
- I'm not sure it does taxpayers any good to characterize this transaction as a "ransom" or a "windfall." (source)
- And I see that over and over in the writing in the yearbook, but I don ` t see that in the so-called ransom note. (source)
- The ANC has noted newspaper reports that the city is "in limbo", allegedly being held "ransom" by an ANC-NNP team. (source)
- So the ransom is missing, he can't remember how he got shot and its Joe's job to try and help him recover his memory. (source)
- A ransom is a price paid in exchange for captives that they may be liberated; or for culprits that they may be set free. (source)
- The ransom is the largest ever paid to Somali pirates, who hijacked the tanker in November with 28 crew members on board. (source)
- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) affirmed that no "ransom" was paid, as did the secretary general of the (source)
- The picture is chosen at ransom from the internet; I have no idea where it was taken. on December 4, 2009 at 3: 00 pm JuliaM (source)
- And might be she is ill in a conduct might be in meditative she can get a KINGS ransom from a Journal News for a rights to movie a game. (source)
- The Canadian government has reportedly refused to negotiate with the kidnappers or pay ransom, which is against Canadian Government's policies. (source)
- The so-called ransom room located in Cajamarca, Peru considered by most Peruvian historians to be the place where the Inca Empire came to an end (source)
- In the ransom note, so-called ransom note, the "e" is made in what I would call a normal fashion, with an eyelid and a tail or a loop and a tail. (source)
- Other CFU officials claim the groups are demanding "ransom" from farmers before allowing them to continue farming operations, which few can afford. (source)
- Ransom notes may be the stuff of movies to most of us, the very word "ransom" conjuring images of a frothing-mad Mel Gibson shouting "Gimme back my son!" (source)
- A Somali pirate group holding a British couple kidnapped from their yacht one year ago says Paul and Rachel Chandler will not be released until a full ransom is paid. (source)
- In a telephone interivew late Thursday, he charged that police were holding the three reporters as "ransom" to coerce the VOP director "to come to the police station". (source)
- The ransom was a unique number, not related to any of the monies that you've heard, and it came to us after the ransom was supposed to be paid, and nothing has happened. (source)
- "The value of South African collections is growing in quantum leaps as works reach record levels at auction and could become targets for this kind of ransom-driven attack," he said. (source)
- This $8 billion was not pried from the grasping hands of bankers, as "ransom" implies -- even if it was, it's hardly a blip for Citigroup, which paid out $25 billion in bonuses in 2009. (source)
- Yes, we also see local businessmen, usually of Chinese or Indian origin, but those kidnappings are criminal gangs, not Alqaeda, and the ransom is a lot smaller, since their families pay it. (source)
- Whatever will accomplish this is called a ransom, because it is, in the eye of God, a sufficient reason, why the sinner should not be punished; it is an equivalent for his sufferings, and God is satisfied. (source)
- Manila (Abril 17) -- Ang gobierno sa Pilipinas naghimo sa iyang labing maayo nga tabang og pagluwas sa mga Pinoy nga seamen nga gibihag og ipatubos alang sa usa ka ransom sa Somalia sa mga pirata nga Somali. (source)
- There must be an admission of sin (or guilt), a humble request for forgiveness, an effort to change one's behavior, and a rectification (a "ransom" so to speak) for the injustice committed, if that is at all possible. (source)
- On that occasion he demanded a 5 million euro ransom from the German consulate in Thessaloniki but then released the pair unharmed and was charged by a Greek court with abduction, possession of explosives and extortion. (source)
- He demanded a 5 million euros ransom from the German consulate in Thessaloniki for the mens 'release, but released the pair unharmed and was charged by a Greek court with abduction, possession of explosives and extortion. (source)
- Hill says he goes to great lengths to make sure that reward money does not end up in the hands of criminals, but admits that the line between paying a reward and a ransom is a gray area he assesses on a case-by-case basis. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 39 example sentences provided below is 62.0, which suggests that "ransom" is a standard word that is understood by individuals with a high school diploma or degree, and can be found in news articles, books, magazines and other places.
We have 11 synonyms for ransom.
bribe, compensation, deliverance, expiation, liberation money, payment, payoff, price, redemption, release, rescue
We have 11 antonyms for ransom.
confine, forfeit, harm, hold, hurt, imprison, incarcerate, keep, limit, lose, restrain
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of ransom from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) The release of property or a person in return for payment of a demanded price.
- (noun) The price or payment demanded or paid for such release.
- (noun) A redemption from sin and its consequences.
- (verb-transitive) To obtain the release of by paying a certain price.
- (verb-transitive) To release after receiving such a payment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) Money paid for the freeing of a hostage.
- (verb) To deliver, especially in context of sin or relevant penalties.
- (verb) To pay a price to set someone free from captivity or punishment.
- (verb) To exact a ransom for, or a payment on.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) The release of a captive, or of captured property, by payment of a consideration; redemption.
- (noun) The money or price paid for the redemption of a prisoner, or for goods captured by an enemy; payment for freedom from restraint, penalty, or forfeit.
- (noun) A sum paid for the pardon of some great offense and the discharge of the offender; also, a fine paid in lieu of corporal punishment.
- (verb-transitive) To redeem from captivity, servitude, punishment, or forfeit, by paying a price; to buy out of servitude or penalty; to rescue; to deliver.
- (verb-transitive) To exact a ransom for, or a payment on.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) Redemption for a price; a holding for redemption; also, release from captivity, bondage, or the possession of an enemy for a consideration; liberation on payment or satisfaction of the price demanded.
- (noun) The money or price awarded or paid for the redemption of a prisoner, captive, or slave, or for goods captured by an enemy; payment for liberation from restraint, penalty, or punishment.
- (noun) Atonement; expiation.
- (None) To redeem from captivity, bondage, forfeit, or punishment by paying or giving in return that which is demanded; buy out of servitude; buy off from penalty.
- (None) To redeem; rescue; deliver.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) exchange or buy back for money; under threat
- (noun) payment for the release of someone
- (noun) the act of freeing from captivity or punishment
- (noun) money demanded for the return of a captured person