rescue

verb
res·​cue | \ ˈre-(ˌ)skyü How to pronounce rescue (audio) \
rescued; rescuing

Definition of rescue

transitive verb

: to free from confinement, danger, or evil : save, deliver They were rescued from the burning building by firefighters. … a volunteer group that rescues and nurtures injured and orphaned wildlife …Australian Geographic(figurative) … the acanthus leaf into which the light fixture on the hall ceiling is set was rescued from a curbside trash heap.— Barbara Deane : such as
a : to take (someone, such as a prisoner) forcibly from custody
b : to recover (something, such as a prize) by force
c : to deliver (a place under siege) by armed force

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from rescue

rescuable \ ˈre-​(ˌ)skyü-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce rescue (audio) \ adjective
rescue noun
Historians are wary of the notion that, at a critical point in history, a heroic figure, galloping to the rescue, snatches victory from the jaws of defeat … — James MacGregor Burns
rescuer noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of rescue in a Sentence

The survivors were rescued by the Coast Guard. an all-out effort to rescue a beached whale
Recent Examples on the Web Occupy Wall Street was the protest group du jour, and governments had just allocated trillions of dollars to rescue the financial system. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Will Covid-19 Shake Up Capitalism?," 17 Jan. 2021 Rihanna is coming to rescue anyone who has love on the brain with her new Valentine's Day Savage x Fenty campaign. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "You're Not Rihanna's Only Valentine in New Savage x Fenty Campaign Video," 13 Jan. 2021 British diplomat Stephen Ellison jumped into a river near Chongqing, China, to rescue a drowning woman. Brett Harman, CNN, "8 extraordinary video moments from 2020," 30 Dec. 2020 After Rausch cut the pool cover, Tripp’s daughter, Allison, dived in to rescue Oksana. Reginald Dwayne Betts Kiese Makeba Laymon Carina Del Valle Schorske Dessa Irina Aleksander Sam Dolnick Mark Binelli Maggie Jones Rob Hoerburger Jamie Lauren Keiles Devin Gordon Jazmine Hughes Jenna Wortham Jade Chang Taffy Brodesser-akner Kaitlyn Greenidge Rowan Ricardo Phillips Michael Paterniti Wesley Morris Ismail Muhammad Anthony Giardina, New York Times, "Remembering some of the artists, innovators and thinkers we lost in the past year.," 23 Dec. 2020 Wheelock also made contact with some of the first responders who worked to rescue the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for 69 days in 2010. Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times, "Earthlings and astronauts chat away, via ham radio," 23 Dec. 2020 During the 2008 financial crisis, for example, the government had little choice but to rescue the largest U.S. banks, lest their demise bring down the country's whole system of credit and payments. Cathy O’neil, Star Tribune, "Business Forum: If Facebook broke up, would anyone notice?," 20 Dec. 2020 The neighbors busted through a window to rescue the person, Black said. ExpressNews.com, "West Side resident sent to hospital after kitchen fire," 12 Dec. 2020 Two witnesses rushed to rescue the people inside and were able to pull one from the engulfed car, but were unable to get to the second person, police say. Austen Erblat, sun-sentinel.com, "One killed, one rescued from wrecked Porsche engulfed in flames in Fort Lauderdale," 12 Dec. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'rescue.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of rescue

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rescue

Middle English rescouen, rescuen, from Anglo-French rescure, from re- + escure to shake off, from Latin excutere, from ex- + quatere to shake

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about rescue

Time Traveler for rescue

Time Traveler

The first known use of rescue was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for rescue

Last Updated

26 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Rescue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rescue. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for rescue

rescue

verb
How to pronounce rescue (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of rescue

: to save (someone or something) from danger or harm

rescue

verb
res·​cue | \ ˈre-skyü How to pronounce rescue (audio) \
rescued; rescuing

Kids Definition of rescue

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to free from danger : save The family's dog was rescued from the fire.

Other Words from rescue

rescuer noun

rescue

noun

Kids Definition of rescue (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of freeing someone or something from danger

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on rescue

What made you want to look up rescue? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!