Definition: something done or paid to earn the release of a held individual
Part of Speech: Noun
Synonym(s): bribe, payoff
1. My father says I’m such a bad child a kidnapper wouldn’t ask for a ransom; he would simply return me.
2. The kidnapper demanded a huge ransom for the safe return of the king's daughter.
3. My brother would often hold my diary hostage in exchange for a ransom.