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noun (plural bounties)
- 1Generosity; liberality: • figurative for millennia the people along the Nile have depended entirely on its bountyMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Abundance; plenty: we ask that growers share their bounty with othersMore example sentences
- It's making demonstrable progress - human genome, cloning etc. and appears to offer plenty and bounty for all, and a solution for every problem.
- Anyone who is more successful than anyone else has to share his bounty or lose friends and status.
- Rehabilitation can only be helped by a feeling of belonging to society, and an equal share in this bounty is a step towards that.
- 2A monetary gift or reward, typically given by a government, in particular.More example sentences
- Those who do good will receive a bounty of gifts and those who run afoul of Santa will suffer through another holiday with only lumps of coal to warm their heart.
- Among other problems, these writers limited their definition of ‘rewards’ to financial bounty.
- When implemented in 1899, a 30-peso bounty was initially a dismal failure, with only a few dozen weapons turned in nationwide.
- 2.1A sum paid for killing or capturing a person or animal: there was an increased bounty on his headMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.2 • historical A sum paid to encourage trade: bounties were paid to colonial producers of indigo dyeMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.3A sum paid to army or navy recruits upon enlistment.More example sentences
- 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.
- 2.4 • literary Something given or occurring in generous amounts: the bounties of natureMore example sentences
- 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.
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.