bounty

noun
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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Synonyms for bounty

Synonyms

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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Much of Kondo’s cleverness, therefore, is homing in on the inverse relationship between bounty and gratitude. Lonnie Firestone, Glamour, "It Took a Fire in My Building to Understand Marie Kondo's Method," 15 Jan. 2019 Rather, LeDuff skips wide across America, and therein lies the book's bounty and its burden. Sam Quinones, chicagotribune.com, "A gonzo tour of what ails America," 29 June 2018 Like her Dutch predecessors, Duennebier’s glistening realism captures bounty and menace, allure and mortification. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Pushing Painting’ presents the medium’s possibilities," 20 June 2018 John Moore / Getty Last Thanksgiving, Americans sat with their families, gave thanks for the bounty and talked about bitcoin. Rani Molla, Recode, "Don’t be the jerk who brings up bitcoin this Thanksgiving," 20 Nov. 2018 Part of the paradox here is simply that monetary wealth gives musicians — at least, the tiny minority experiencing material bounty — something to sing about. Scott Timberg, Vox, "How music has responded to a decade of economic inequality," 30 July 2018 Being evil also adds plenty of complications with managing a growing bounty and/or taking care of witnesses. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Red Dead Redemption II review: Getting muddy in the wide-open frontier," 25 Oct. 2018 Their tours, launched in June, aim to tell the story about Maine’s bounty of food, its origin, its journey, and the societal and environmental factors behind it. BostonGlobe.com, "Find out just how much of a foodie city Portland is on a Maine Food for Thought Tour," 11 July 2018 Good news: personal care brands big and small are growing more conscious to consumer needs, relying less on cheap chemical ingredients and investing more in Mother Nature’s bounty. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "The Best Natural and Organic Grooming Products to Restock Your Cabinet," 8 June 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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The first known use of bounty was in the 13th century

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bounty

noun

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

bounty

noun
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.

bounty

noun
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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