verb (rescues, rescuing, rescued)[with object]
- 1Save (someone) from a dangerous or difficult situation: firemen rescued a man trapped in the riverMore example sentences
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; bail someone out; Nautical bring someone off
- 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?
- 1.1 • informal Keep from being lost or abandoned; retrieve: he got out of his chair to rescue his cup of coffeeMore example sentences
- 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 wreckageMore example sentences
saving, rescuing; release, freeing, liberation, extrication; deliverance, delivery, redemption, ransom, emancipation, reliefhelp, 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
- 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.
- 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 shelterMore example sentences
- 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.
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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.
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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.
Middle English: from Old French rescoure from Latin re- (expressing intensive force) + excutere 'shake out, discard'.