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Rescue is a related term of prevent.

As a proper noun rescue

is a city in california (zip code 95672).

As a verb prevent is

to stop; to keep (from happening).




(rescu) (transitive)
  • To save from any violence, danger or evil.
  • ''The well-trained team rescued everyone after the avalanche
  • To free or liberate from confinement or other physical restraint.
  • to rescue a prisoner from the enemy
  • To recover forcibly
  • To deliver by arms, notably from a siege
  • (figuratively) To remove or withdraw from a state of exposure to evil and sin.
  • Traditionally missionaries aim to rescue many ignorant heathen souls.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=September 13 , author=Sam Lyon , title=Borussia Dortmund 1 - 1 Arsenal , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Arsenal's hopes of starting their Champions League campaign with an away win were dashed when substitute Ivan Perisic's superb late volley rescued a point for Borussia Dortmund.}}


    * free, deliver, pull out of the fire, save the day * (to free from confinement) liberate, release * (to free from restraint) release, unshackle, untie * (to recover forcibly) recapture, retake * (to deliver by arms) liberate * (to rescue from evil or sin) redeem, save


    * (all senses) abandon, ignore * endanger, imperil * (to free from confinement) enslave, incarcerate * (to free from restraint) bind, constrict, hamper, inhibit, obstruct, preclude * (to recover forcibly) kidnap * (to deliver by arms) arrest, capture * (to rescue from evil or sin) corrupt, deprave

    Derived terms

    * rescuee * rescuer


    (en noun)
  • An act or episode of rescuing, saving.
  • A liberation, freeing.
  • The forcible ending of a siege; liberation from similar military peril
  • ''The rescue of Jerusalem was the original motive of the Crusaders
  • A special airliner flight to bring home passengers who are stranded
  • A rescuee.
  • The dog proved a rescue with some behavior issues.

    Usage notes

    * Often used attributively as an adjective, e.g. "rescue equipment".

    Derived terms

    * come to someone's rescue * rescue dog * rescue mission





    Alternative forms

    * (archaic)


    (en verb)
  • To stop; to keep (from happening).
  • I brushed my teeth to prevent them from going yellow.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=October 1 , author=Tom Fordyce , title=Rugby World Cup 2011: England 16-12 Scotland , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Scotland must now hope Georgia produce a huge upset and beat Argentina by at least eight points in Sunday's final Pool B match to prevent them failing to make the last eight for the first time in World Cup history.}}
  • * 1897 , Henry James, What Maisie Knew :
  • ‘I think you must be mad, and she shall not have a glimpse of it while I'm here to prevent !’
  • (obsolete) To come before; to precede.
  • * Bible, 1 Thess. iv. 15
  • We which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
  • * Book of Common Prayer
  • We pray thee that thy grace may always prevent and follow us.
  • * Prior
  • Then had I come, preventing Sheba's queen.
  • (obsolete) To outdo, surpass.
  • * 1596 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , IV.i:
  • With that he put his spurres vnto his steed, / With speare in rest, and toward him did fare, / Like shaft out of a bow preuenting speed.
  • (obsolete) To be beforehand with; to anticipate.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • their ready guilt preventing thy commands


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * preventative * prevention * preventive