boun·​ty | \ ˈbau̇n-tē How to pronounce bounty (audio) \
plural bounties

Definition of bounty

1 : something that is given generously nature's bounty
2 : liberality in giving : generosity
3 : yield especially of a crop this summer's bounty of tomatoes
4 : a reward, premium, or subsidy especially when offered or given by a government: such as
a : an extra allowance to induce entry into the armed services
b : a grant to encourage an industry
c : a payment to encourage the destruction of noxious animals a bounty on coyotes
d : a payment for the capture of or assistance in the capture of an outlaw had a bounty of $500 on his head

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Examples of bounty in a Sentence

summer's bounty of plump tomatoes The cottage is filled with a bounty of fresh flowers.
Recent Examples on the Web The price spike bought the government a bounty, which Mr. Chávez spent on programs such as food and other subsidies rather than maintaining the oil industry. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, "Oil Industry Is Fading Away in Land of the World’s Richest Reserves," 4 Sep. 2020 Instead, Veselka convinced her 21-year-old boyfriend to run off with her, insisting the horizon offered endless bounty. oregonlive, "Vanessa Veselka survived as a teen runaway in 1980s Portland, searches for 21st-century America in challenging new novel," 25 Aug. 2020 Russia and the Taliban have denied the existence of the covert bounty scheme, and President Trump and the White House have claimed that multiple reports that he was briefed on the matter are false. TheWeek, "The Lincoln Project's latest anti-Trump ad is entirely in Russian," 2 July 2020 Trump has said intelligence reports have not substantiated Russian involvement in bounty payments. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "What a Biden win or four more years of Trump would mean for the military," 4 Sep. 2020 That wasn't the case Tuesday, when the fingers of one hand were sufficient to count the morning's bounty. Star Tribune, "The dawn of mourning dove season arrives," 3 Sep. 2020 Beginning in the 1990s, gray seals became more common, thanks to better water quality and an end to bounty hunting. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "A tiny fish takes on its predators—and wins, transforming the Baltic coast," 27 Aug. 2020 Fields and Bill Charles both took a share, precious bounty for families that never went unfed but were not quite fed enough. David Wright Faladé, The New Yorker, "The Sand Banks, 1861," 24 Aug. 2020 But bug bounty experts questioned whether the payment Uber gave to the hackers fell within the ethical boundaries of such programs, which are designed to induce people to report security flaws so they can be fixed. Kate Conger, New York Times, "Former Uber Security Chief Charged With Concealing Hack," 20 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of bounty

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bounty

Middle English bounte goodness, from Anglo-French bunté, bountee, from Latin bonitat-, bonitas, from bonus good, from Old Latin duenos; akin to Sanskrit duva reverence, favor

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24 Sep 2020

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“Bounty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bounty

literary : good things that are given or provided freely and in large amounts
: an amount of money given to someone as a reward for catching a criminal


boun·​ty | \ ˈbau̇n-tē How to pronounce bounty (audio) \
plural bounties

Kids Definition of bounty

1 : generosity sense 1 acts of bounty
2 : things given in generous amounts the bounty of nature
3 : money given as a reward The sheriff offered a bounty for the bandit's capture.


boun·​ty | \ ˈbau̇n-tē How to pronounce bounty (audio) \
plural bounties

Legal Definition of bounty

1 : generosity in bestowing gifts especially by will
2 : a reward, premium, or subsidy especially offered by a government

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