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


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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National Donut Day is back this Friday, June 7, and with it comes a sugary bounty of free decadent treats and doughnut hamburgers. Phillip Valys,, "National Donut Day 2019: Have a doughnut hamburger with your doughnut beer," 4 June 2019 Folks waded into the marsh and fired shots, scooping up a bounty of shocked fish. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee loves its rivers and Lake Michigan — and keeps abusing them, too," 3 July 2018 Our backyard had two immense fig trees offering plenty of shade on sunny days and a bounty of figs. Shelby Grad,, "Essential California: Fears of a deadlier opioid threat," 15 May 2018 This was the bounty of Computex, the Taiwan trade show that serves as the cradle of innovation for what goes inside your gear. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "It's Time to Get Excited About the Future of PCs. (Yes, PCs)," 8 June 2018 Indulge in a facial, massage, or illuminating peel, then peruse the bounty of natural and organic salves and serums in the apothecary. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "Your Beauty Guide to Albuquerque," 3 May 2019 Conversely, the castellan (the commander of the castle and the king's loyal man) might capitulate if certain promises of safety, payment, and bounty were provided. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Storm a Castle," 11 Apr. 2019 State finances are enjoying flush times and some states are sending that bounty back to taxpayers. Kris Maher, WSJ, "Some States, Flush With Cash, Are Sending Money to Taxpayers," 28 Feb. 2019 Still, there's really no telling if a bigger, more menacing creature is out there, slithering through the Everglades with a bounty of eggs lining its belly. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Researchers Capture the Biggest Snake Ever Found in the Florida Everglades," 8 Apr. 2019

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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

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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