ransom - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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/ˈræns(ə)m/
present tense
I/you/we/theyransom
he/she/itransoms
present participleransoming
past tenseransomed
past participleransomed
  1. to get someone who is being kept as a prisoner allowed to go free by paying an amount of money to the person who is keeping them