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 rescuable (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

The cruise line industry is aiding the relief effort by sending ships to transport food, water and personnel to the islands, while rescuing Bahamians looking to flee the devastation. Washington Post, "The Latest: Widespread blackouts as Dorian continues march," 10 Sep. 2019 As many hoped, the Duttons successfully rescued Tate, who had been held captive by a group of white supremacists hired by the Beck brothers. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "'Yellowstone' Fans Can't Stop "Ugly Crying" Over the Seriously Emotional Season 2 Finale," 29 Aug. 2019 After a boat packed with migrants sank several miles off the coast of Rasheed, Egypt, in September 2016, for example, just 163 people were rescued. Ahmad Samarji, The Conversation, "Humanitarian forensic scientists trace the missing, identify the dead and comfort the living," 28 Aug. 2019 Zionism, then in its infancy, rescued him, giving him a purpose—and an escape from a stiflingly dull provincial town. The Economist, "A life of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s founding father," 22 Aug. 2019 Although most dogs come from high-kill shelters in the US, some have been rescued, via Marley's Mutts, from as far away as China and Asgharnia's native Iran. Wired, "The Smart Prison Initiative Pairing Inmates With Rescue Dogs," 16 Aug. 2019 While Zelko was soon rescued, the Nighthawk fell to earth relatively intact, allowing both Russian and Chinese officials an opportunity to get their hands on it. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Why the F-117 Nighthawk Is Such a Badass Plane," 12 Aug. 2019 In an outing at a beach in Turks and Caicos, three American tourists drowned while two girls in their party were rescued, authorities and local reports said. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "U.S. tourists drown as their children are rescued after being swept to sea," 7 Aug. 2019 Andy rescued Wacha from Virginia when the pup was just one year old, and it's been true love ever since. Maddie Hiatt, House Beautiful, "Andy Cohen's Dog Lives a Better Life Than Me," 30 July 2019

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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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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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