Simple Definition of rescue
: to save (someone or something) from danger or harm
Full Definition of rescue
Examples of rescue
The survivors were rescued by the Coast Guard.
<an all-out effort to rescue a beached whale>
Origin of rescue
Middle English rescouen, rescuen, from Anglo-French rescure, from re- + escure to shake off, from Latin excutere, from ex- + quatere to shake
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of rescue
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