mean to set free from confinement or danger. rescue
implies freeing from imminent danger by prompt or vigorous action . deliver
implies release usually of a person from confinement, temptation, slavery, or suffering . redeem
implies releasing from bondage or penalties by giving what is demanded or necessary . ransom
specifically applies to buying out of captivity . reclaim
suggests a bringing back to a former state or condition of someone or something abandoned or debased . save
may replace any of the foregoing terms; it may further imply a preserving or maintaining for usefulness or continued existence .