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nounplural noun bounties

  • 1A sum paid for killing or capturing a person or animal.

    ‘there was an increased bounty on his head’
    • ‘He never took his seat though, rather spending his time in exile with a bounty on his head and a growing conviction that he had a religious mission to save his people, causing many to question his sanity.’
    • ‘Luckily, she doesn't have that much screen time as the group tracks a bio-terrorist with a huge bounty on his head.’
    • ‘Also, if you will remember I am a bounty hunter and you have quite the bounty on your head.’
    • ‘As a result, every bounty hunter in the universe is gunning for him to collect the massive bounty on his head.’
    • ‘He fled with a bounty on his head and his sisters were abducted and forced into concubinage anyway.’
    • ‘She wondered what the bounty on her head was now.’
    • ‘‘The bounty on her head will make us rich men,’ said the first with the midnight blue cloak.’
    • ‘At the time of Benjamin's arrest the bounty on his head had reached an astronomical $2 million.’
    • ‘For the time being, there was a minor bounty on his head, which led him to be prime pickings for the two partners.’
    • ‘He'd sent him to the South American jungle knowing there was a bounty on his head.’
    • ‘Mexican drug cartels have even offered a bounty for the killing of a U.S. law-enforcement officer.’
    • ‘Other nations have freed imprisoned terrorists, paid cash bounties, or otherwise helped the cause of terrorists.’
    • ‘Pamphlets known as night letters have appeared in eastern border regions promising bounties of up to $100,000 for the capture or killing of foreign soldiers, aid workers or journalists.’
    • ‘As for the Mexicans who have offered a $10,000 bounty on his head and those of other ranchers who run the round-ups: ‘Let them come, too.’’
    • ‘Set in the far future on a distant planet after Earth has been destroyed, it features an android named Vash, who has a $60 million dollar bounty on his head for allegedly blowing up a city.’
    • ‘You have a $20 million bounty on his head, are forced to live in a cave, and the most elite military units in the history of the world are trying to hunt you down.’
    • ‘Hedgehog hunters are to be offered an increased bounty of £20 per head to catch the spiky animals in advance of a government-backed cull on the Western Isles.’
    • ‘US officials declined to discuss how they learned of his whereabouts and whether anyone would claim a $25 million bounty on his head.’
    • ‘It achieves its main purpose better than the rabbit fence did, partly because there is a bounty to encourage hunters and farmers to shoot any dingoes found on the wrong side of the fence.’
    • ‘They also discriminated among animal species, so that large carnivores were excluded from the protective umbrella; indeed their slaughter was often encouraged with bounties.’
    • ‘The official policy of wiping them out intensified throughout the 17th century, and unusually generous bounties were offered to wolf-hunters.’
    reward, prize, award, recompense, remuneration, commission, consideration, premium, dividend, bonus, endowment, gratuity, tip, favour, donation, handout
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  • 2 historical A sum paid to encourage trade.

    ‘bounties were paid to colonial producers of indigo dye’
    • ‘In November the French began to offer a bounty to encourage shipments, and by the summer of 1789 Philadelphia and New York wheat prices were reaching the high end of their postwar range.’
    • ‘The second strand was the payment of export bounties to domestic farmers when the price of grain fell below a certain point.’
    • ‘What is clear is that England ceased from about the 1670s to be a net importer of grain and became an exporter; indeed, bounties had to be introduced to ensure that surplus stocks were not hoarded.’
    • ‘Although he discussed bounties in the context of foreign trade, the main issues are the same.’
    • ‘However, Smith also stresses that, as destructive as the system of export bounties is to public welfare, these bounties are not significant enough to greatly impact the growth of the English economy.’
    • ‘His opinion was that they operated as a bounty upon the introduction of capital into the colony as well as overcoming the problem of congestion and the use of inferior land.’
    1. 2.1A sum paid by the state to army or navy recruits on enlistment.
      ‘they do not qualify for their bounty because they have spent insufficient time at summer camp’
      • ‘Congress approved enlistment bounties totaling $40 for regular recruits plus three months pay in advance and 160 acres of land.’
      • ‘For example, why, in that most patriotic of years, was the new U.S. government compelled to lure recruits with promises of bounties, clothing, and land?’
      • ‘The 1917 draft law prohibited enlistment bounties and personal substitution, but did authorize deferments on the grounds of dependency or essential work in industry or agriculture.’
      • ‘However, there was a problem during the war with men enlisting more than once to obtain the generous bounties provided for volunteers, so these figures may be exaggerated.’
      • ‘The war, and the politics regarding the draft and bounties, exacerbated differences between Northerners and Southerners, Republicans and Democrats, and rich and poor.’
  • 3 literary Something given or occurring in generous amounts.

    ‘the bounties of nature’
    • ‘Despite the fact that nature has been harsh and cruel to Afghanistan it has been generous in bestowing bounties of sorts.’
    • ‘But the little girl understood that she was protected, not only by the woman who held her, but also by the bounty of nature that surrounded her.’
    • ‘You can visit it to enjoy the bounties of nature.’
    • ‘The bounties of Mother Nature and wealth from recycled waste were well depicted at the one-day exhibition.’
    • ‘Now is the time of the First harvest, when the bounties of nature give of themselves so that we may survive.’
    • ‘Rural India even today is at the mercy of nature's bounties and fury.’
    • ‘Try ‘Spring Glory’ for an extra bounty of flowers - it's hard to find a more floriferous forsythia.’
    • ‘Gifted with the bounty of nature, agricultural fields decorate the area.’
    • ‘The opening scenes present a bounty of puppies so unbearably cute, they'll elicit a chorus of coos from even the stoniest audience.’
    • ‘According to George, individuals have equal rights of access to the bounty of nature.’
    present, donation, offering, contribution, handout, presentation, bestowal, largesse, alms, charity, bonus, award, premium, bounty, boon, favour, bequest, legacy, inheritance, settlement, subsidy, grant, endowment, benefaction
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    1. 3.1Generosity; liberality.
      ‘for millennia the people along the Nile have depended entirely on its bounty’
      • ‘There is love, kindness and bounty in special relationships that bring you much happiness and joy.’
      • ‘It affects those who are the beneficiaries of the charity's functions, beneficence and bounty.’
      • ‘The 1960s and 1970s brought a loss of faith in the benevolent bounty of science.’
      • ‘A government land grant to the settlers and hard work soon brought prosperity to the family, an effect that the Professor credits to Allah's bounty.’
      • ‘So they earned Allah's grace and bounty, suffering no harm.’
      • ‘Equally white in The Sow's Litter, five well-rounded piglets enjoy their dam's bounty as she inspects her neat pail and trough of fodder.’
      • ‘What astonishing bounty there is in these careers!’
      • ‘It's a time of bounty, gathering in and the sharing of the harvest.’
      • ‘Days turned to weeks, weeks to months and months to years as the men rested and enjoyed Circe's bounty.’
      • ‘Is it not brutish and for those not most fit rather deficient in its bounty?’
      • ‘Since we all work equally hard, and with equal skill, the inequality is again due to differences in the bounty of nature, which we believe to be morally arbitrary.’
      • ‘Where does the U.S. health-care system bestow its bounty?’
      • ‘Receive these gifts, that we may be avenues of bounty and refreshment to both friend and stranger.’
      • ‘She loves learning about nature and its bounty.’
      generosity, magnanimity, munificence, open-handedness, free-handedness, bountifulness, largesse, liberality, lavishness, indulgence
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/ˈboun(t)ē/ /ˈbaʊn(t)i/


Middle English (denoting goodness or generosity): from Old French bonte ‘goodness’, from Latin bonitas, from bonus ‘good’. The sense ‘monetary reward’ dates from the early 18th century.

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proper noun

  • A ship of the British navy on which in 1789 part of the crew, led by Fletcher Christian, mutinied against their commander, William Bligh, and set him adrift in an open boat with eighteen crewmen.



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