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a. The release of property or a person in return for payment of a demanded price.
b. The price or payment demanded or paid for such release.
2. Christianity A redemption from sin and its consequences.
tr.v. ran·somed, ran·som·ing, ran·soms
a. To obtain the release of by paying a certain price.
b. To release after receiving such a payment.
2. Christianity To deliver from sin and its consequences.

[Middle English raunson, raunsom, from Old French rançon, from Latin redēmptiō, redēmptiōn-, a buying back; see redemption.]

ran′som·er n.
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[ˈrænsəmɪŋ] Nrescate m
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But with the advent of new tools that wrap victims' data with tough encryption technology, hard-to-trace digital currency like bitcoin, and even online sites that offer to do the data ransoming in return for a piece of the action, hackers have become emboldened.
Foley might have been spared his savage execution for a suitcase full of cash, but ransoming one hostage today guarantees another will be taken tomorrow.