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rescue Line breaks: res¦cue
Pronunciation: /ˈrɛskjuː/

Definition of rescue in English:

verb (rescues, rescuing, rescued)

[with object]
1Save (someone) from a dangerous or difficult situation: firemen rescued a man trapped in the river
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  • A teenager has thanked fire crews who saved his life by rescuing him from a blazing inferno.
  • Firefighters had to rescue four people trapped in their vehicles.
  • What makes people risk their lives to rescue someone trapped in a burning house or drowning in a river?
save, save from danger, save the life of, come to the aid of;
set free, free, release, liberate, extricate, get someone out;
deliver, redeem, ransom, emancipate, relieve;
Nautical bring someone off
1.1 informal Keep from being lost or abandoned; retrieve: he got out of his chair to rescue his cup of coffee
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  • Now that he had rescued his belongings from the desert sand and pilfering fingers, he felt like a large weight had been lifted off his shoulders so he decided to stay a few more days and give them the benefit of his expertise.
  • The yellow phenotype was completely rescued in all five lines.
  • When it comes to her tennis, she is bright enough to construct a point, strong enough to wallop a point and fast enough to rescue a lost cause.


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1An act of saving or being saved from danger or difficulty: the dramatic rescue of nine trapped coal miners he came to our rescue with a loan of £100 [as modifier]: rescue workers began pulling survivors from the wreckage
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  • In an amazing stroke of luck for the sick patient, all three people who came to his rescue were health workers.
  • Two men passing by dramatically came to their rescue and managed to reach them using the branches from nearby trees.
  • A TEENAGER'S boyfriend came to her rescue when she was dragged to the ground by another youngster on Thursday.
saving, rescuing;
deliverance, delivery, redemption, ransom, emancipation, relief
help, assist, aid, lend a helping hand to, lend a hand to, bail out;
be someone's knight in shining armour
informal save someone's bacon, save someone's neck, save someone's skin, get someone out of a tight spot
1.1 [as modifier] Denoting or relating to a domestic animal that has been removed from a situation of abuse or neglect by a welfare organization: adopting a rescue cat may be one of the most rewarding things you will ever do some people find their ideal pet in a rescue shelter
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  • Jeremy came back from the show with Tinker, a full-grown longhaired female, who, they told him, was a rescue hamster.
  • I may be getting a rescue goldfish today.
  • The pair performed together as part of a rescue agility team at the world-famous dog show on Saturday morning.



Example sentences
  • What has now emerged is that you had 400 people - 343 firemen and the police - who died inside buildings that were empty of rescuable people.
  • We selected one allele, 124, which was homozygous viable to the pharate adult stage and was rescuable with the SNAP - 25 transgene, for more detailed analysis.
  • However, the phenotype was subtle and the mutants were not fully rescuable, indicating that the mutation was leaky and/or conferred semidominance.


Example sentences
  • A rescuer was hailed a hero today after twice plunging into a blazing house to save the lives of a mum and her two young children.
  • Hero rescuers raced from a pub to save three anglers from drowning after their boat capsized.
  • Both the helicopter and lifeboat were equipped with portable pumps, and the rescuers were able to control the flooding.


Middle English: from Old French rescoure from Latin re- (expressing intensive force) + excutere 'shake out, discard'.

  • Rescue is from Old French rescoure based on Latin excutere ‘shake out, discard’. The prefix re- intensifies the sense. The notion here is of ‘shaking out’ a captive from the hands of an enemy.

Words that rhyme with rescue

début • nephew • Pegu • ecu

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