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rescue

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of rescue

  1. the saving from danger or evil stranded people hoping for rescue from the rising floodwaters Synonyms of rescue deliverance, salvationWords Related to rescue ransom, recovery, redemption; extrication; defense, guard, protection, safeguard, safeguarding, security; conservation, guardianship, preservation, safekeeping


rescue

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of rescue

  1. to remove from danger or harm an all-out effort to rescue a beached whale Synonyms of rescue bail out, bring off, deliver, saveWords Related to rescue salvage; emancipate, free, liberate, manumit, release; disentangle, extricate; recoverAntonyms of rescue adventure, compromise, endanger, gamble (with), hazard, imperil, jeopardize, peril, risk, venture

Synonym Discussion of rescue

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.
    • rescued the crew of a sinking ship
deliver implies release usually of a person from confinement, temptation, slavery, or suffering.
    • delivered his people from bondage
redeem implies releasing from bondage or penalties by giving what is demanded or necessary.
    • job training designed to redeem school dropouts from chronic unemployment
ransom specifically applies to buying out of captivity.
    • tried to ransom the kidnap victim
reclaim suggests a bringing back to a former state or condition of someone or something abandoned or debased.
    • reclaimed long-abandoned farms
save may replace any of the foregoing terms; it may further imply a preserving or maintaining for usefulness or continued existence.
    • an operation that saved my life

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