boun·​ty | \ˈbau̇n-tē \
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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Synonyms for bounty


price, reward

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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.

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Saeed has a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head—was instead plastered all over election posters. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Pakistan, Stop Coddling Terrorists," 29 Nov. 2018 There’s also a bounty of storage space in the R1T, thanks to the fact that the battery and electric drivetrain are all located on the floor of the vehicle. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The all-electric Rivian R1T is a dream truck for adventurers," 26 Nov. 2018 The other is around bug bounties, being able to essentially crowdsource a solution and get many different individuals from different backgrounds and experience levels looking at the problem. Jeff Stone, WSJ, "Starbucks CISO Explains Security Outsourcing Model," 12 Oct. 2018 In town, sample the island’s natural bounty at the weekly market. Mary Winston Nicklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Small Island Where the Tour de France Begins Is Actually a Vacationer's Paradise," 3 July 2018 DeBenedetti’s creations take advantage of the surrounding agricultural bounty, incorporating hazelnuts and wild yeast from his family’s farm in addition to locally grown white truffles and golden raspberries. Tim Neville, Outside Online, "The Definitive Guide to Visiting the Pacific Northwest," 24 May 2018 But the bounty of talent counts for little in a tedious, inert piece that awkwardly shoehorns numerous dance interludes into a thin storyline. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Beast in the Jungle': Theater Review," 24 May 2018 This is a vast, generous bounty of incredible platforming action. Sam Byford, The Verge, "The perfect platformer comes to the perfect platform," 24 May 2018 Summer's about reacquainting ourselves and our progeny with nature's bounty, swimming pools, backyards and family. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Netflix's summer sneak peek has some fun picks for kids and families," 21 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of bounty

: 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 \
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 \
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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to make faulty or ineffective

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