Ransom | Definition of Ransom by Merriam-Webster

rescue, deliver, redeem, ransom, reclaim, save 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 .