Meaning of RESCUE in English

I. res ‧ cue 1 S3 W3 /ˈreskjuː/ BrE AmE verb [transitive]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: rescourre , from escourre 'to shake out' , from Latin excutere ]

to save someone or something from a situation of danger or harm:

Survivors of the crash were rescued by helicopter.

rescue somebody/something from somebody/something

She died trying to rescue her children from the blaze.

—rescuer noun [countable]

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▪ rescue to remove someone from a dangerous, difficult, or unpleasant situation:

Firefighters worked for two hours to rescue people from the building.


Will you rescue me if I get stuck talking to Sam?

▪ come to the rescue/sb’s rescue to come and rescue or help someone:

It was an embarrassing moment, but fortunately Paul came to the rescue.


Several people saw I was in trouble, but no one came to my rescue.

▪ save to prevent someone from being killed, harmed, or losing something, or to make it possible for something to continue:

Wearing a seat belt can help save your life.


They saved the hospital from closure.


If you break down in the desert, there is no one there to save you.

▪ pick somebody up to rescue someone from a dangerous place by taking them away in a boat or aircraft:

A lifeboat picked them up two miles from the coast.


They spent the night near the top of the mountain, before being picked up by a helicopter.

▪ bail somebody out to rescue a person, company etc from a difficult situation, by providing them with the money they need:

A number of state-owned enterprises have been bailed out by the central bank.


He owed thousands of pounds and his mother had to bail him out.

II. rescue 2 BrE AmE noun [uncountable and countable]

1 . when someone or something is rescued from danger:

a daring rescue at sea

rescue of

Storms delayed the rescue of the crash victims.

Rescue workers arrived at the scene two hours later.

rescue mission/operation

The rescue operation proved successful.

2 . come to the/sb’s rescue

a) to save someone who is in a dangerous situation:

A lifeboat came to the yachtsman’s rescue.

b) to help someone who is having problems or difficulties:

Carol’s brother came to the rescue and sent her $1000.

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■ adjectives

▪ a dramatic rescue

A woman is in hospital following a dramatic rescue from her blazing flat.

▪ a daring rescue

The lifeboat crew has been honoured for a daring rescue on the Cleveland coast.

■ verbs

▪ attempt/mount a rescue (=try to rescue someone)

The stormy conditions made it impossible to mount a rescue.

■ rescue + NOUN

▪ a rescue attempt/effort

One fire fighter was severely burned in the rescue attempt.

▪ a rescue operation/mission

A major rescue operation was launched yesterday after two divers were reported missing.

▪ a rescue worker

Rescue workers are searching through the rubble for survivors.

▪ a rescue team

He was still conscious when the rescue team arrived.

▪ a rescue helicopter/boat/ship

A rescue helicopter is on its way.

▪ a rescue plan/package (=plan to save a company, economy etc that is in trouble)

They drew up a rescue plan that involved restructuring the firm.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.