- to free or deliver from confinement, violence, danger, or evil.
- Law. to liberate or take by forcible or illegal means from lawful custody.
- the act of rescuing.
- of or relating to someone or something trained or equipped to rescue: a rescue dog.
Origin of rescue
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Examples from the Web for rescue
He was killed by his captors during the U.S. rescue attempt in Yemen in December.ISIS Fight Has a Spy Shortage, Intel Chair Says
January 2, 2015
As night fell, the rescue operation slowed and sea conditions worsened.
It took 12 hours to rescue just 100 passengers overnight Sunday.
But the ships deployed already have been involved in the rescue of more than 1,000 people during their first month of operation.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 15, 2014
And eight months on, anger lingers over the ineffective attempts to rescue the missing schoolgirls.The New Face of Boko Haram’s Terror: Teen Girls
December 13, 2014
“He fled, when Stephen made in to the rescue of my father,” said Dennet.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Mr. Gladstone said that the policy of the Government was to "rescue and retire."
The Greeks rushed to the rescue, while all Europe held aloof.
What might not be happening to Corney, she thought, while she was on the way to his rescue!Weighed and Wanting
Alleyne stared open-eyed at this tigress who had sprung so suddenly to his rescue.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
- to bring (someone or something) out of danger, attack, harm, etc; deliver or save
- to free (a person) from legal custody by force
- law to seize (goods or property) by force
- the act or an instance of rescuing
- (as modifier)a rescue party
- the forcible removal of a person from legal custody
- law the forcible seizure of goods or property
Word Origin and History for rescue
late 14c., from rescue (v.). Earlier noun was rescous (early 14c.), from Old French rescous.
c.1300, from stem of Old French rescorre "protect, keep safe; free, deliver" (Modern French recourre), from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + escourre "to cast off, discharge," from Latin excutere "to shake off, drive away," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + -cutere, combining form of quatere "to shake" (see quash). Related: Rescued; rescuing.