Definition of rescue in English:

rescue

Syllabification: res·cue
Pronunciation: /ˈreskyo͞o
 
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verb (rescues, rescuing, rescued)

[with object]
  • 1Save (someone) from a dangerous or distressing situation: firemen were called out to rescue 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?
    Synonyms
    save, save from danger, save the life of, come to the aid of; free, set free, release, liberate
  • 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.
    Synonyms
    retrieve, recover, salvage, get back

noun

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  • 1An act of saving or being saved from danger or distress: he came to our rescue with a loan of $100
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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.
    Synonyms
    saving, rescuing; release, freeing, liberation, bailout, deliverance, redemptionhelp, assist, lend a helping hand to, lend a hand to, bail out
    informal save someone's bacon, save someone's neck, save someone's skin
  • 1.1 [as modifier] Denoting the emergency excavation of archaeological sites threatened by imminent building or road development.
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    • My sixth form tutor gave me days off to help on rescue excavations.
    • The discovery came about during rescue excavations on Thames Water's sludge works.
    • Our excavation was a rescue project in every sense of the phrase.
  • 1.2 [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.

Derivatives

rescuable

adjective
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  • 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.

rescuer

noun
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  • 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.

Origin

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

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