More definitions of BountyDefinition of Bounty in:
- The US English dictionary
noun (plural bounties)
- 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 • historical A sum paid by the state 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.
- 2.1A 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 campMore 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.
- 3 • 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.
- 3.1 [mass noun] Generosity: for millennia the people along the Nile have depended entirely on its bountyMore example sentences
generosity, magnanimity, munificence, open-handedness, free-handedness, bountifulness, largesse, liberality, lavishness, indulgence; benevolence, beneficence, charity, charitableness, goodwill, big-heartedness, kindness, kindliness, compassion, care; blessings, favours, gifts• literary bounteousness• historical almsgiving
- 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.
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.