rescue

verb res·cue \ ˈre-(ˌ)skyü \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of rescue

rescued; rescuing
transitive verb
: to free from confinement, danger, or evil : save, deliver: 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

rescuable

play \ˈre-(ˌ)skyü-ə-bəl\ adjective

rescue

noun

rescuer

noun

Examples of rescue in a Sentence

  1. The survivors were rescued by the Coast Guard.

  2. an all-out effort to rescue a beached whale

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Origin and Etymology of rescue

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

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


RESCUE Defined for English Language Learners

rescue

verb

Definition of rescue for English Language Learners

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


RESCUE Defined for Kids

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rescue

verb res·cue \ ˈre-skyü \

Definition of rescue for Students

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

rescuer

noun

Headscratcher for rescue

Rescue and secure have the same letters and have related meanings. To rescue someone is to make them safe and secure from harm.


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rescue

noun

Definition of rescue for Students

: an act of freeing someone or something from danger


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