What does the word ransom mean?

Usage examples for ransom

  1. " Well, it was worth a ransom, the way it turned out. – The Missourian by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  2. I will make up for my fault by paying a heavy ransom. – Snowdrop and Other Tales by Jacob Grimm Wilhelm Grimm
  3. Her mother had done it; in her secret thought Daisy knew that, and that she would not have done it to Ransom. – Melbourne House by Elizabeth Wetherell