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

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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 On May 8, Franklin police tweeted a photo of Officer Robert Burchill helping the town’s animal control officer rescue some ducklings that were stuck in a storm drain. BostonGlobe.com, 3 June 2021 The military helicopter was also used to rescue an elderly couple from the roof of their car. Nick Perry, Star Tribune, 31 May 2021 In doing so, McRae and others rescue birds that have collided with tall buildings’ reflective glass surfaces — tending to the injured, scooping up the dead. Victoria Bekiempis, Curbed, 28 May 2021 An Atlantic City Beach Patrol chief, a lifeguard, an Atlantic City firefighter, and officer who happened to be in the area helped rescue Moore and the 8-year-old boy from the pipe. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 24 May 2021 They rescue Echo, who joins the Bad Batch, and will be a part of the new series. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 3 May 2021 By 2012, Sena-Esteves had shown that the virus and gene therapy worked in mice; Martin, at Auburn, proved the same in cats, and a third colleague, Heather Gray-Edwards, now of UMass Medical School, used it to rescue Jacob sheep. USA Today, 25 Apr. 2021 Located right near the Golden Gate Bridge, the mission of the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California is to rescue marine mammals in distress. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, 12 Apr. 2021 SoftBank has already written down much of the value of its holdings in Greensill, and its stake is likely to be wiped out in the lender’s insolvency proceedings, another high-profile loss after it was forced to rescue WeWork in late 2019. New York Times, 28 Mar. 2021

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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

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“Rescue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rescue. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for rescue

rescue

verb

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

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