Meaning of RESCUE in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈres-(ˌ)kyü ]

transitive verb

( res·cued ; res·cu·ing )

Etymology: Middle English rescouen, rescuen, from Anglo-French rescure, from re- + escure to shake off, from Latin excutere, from ex- + quatere to shake

Date: 14th century

: to free from confinement, danger, or evil : save , deliver : as

a. : to take (as a prisoner) forcibly from custody

b. : to recover (as a prize) by force

c. : to deliver (as a place under siege) by armed force

• res·cu·able -ə-bəl adjective

• rescue noun

• res·cu·er noun


rescue , deliver , redeem , ransom , reclaim , save mean to set free from confinement or danger. rescue implies freeing from imminent danger by prompt or vigorous action

rescued the crew of a sinking ship

deliver implies release usually of a person from confinement, temptation, slavery, or suffering

delivered his people from bondage

redeem implies releasing from bondage or penalties by giving what is demanded or necessary

job training designed to redeem school dropouts from chronic unemployment

ransom specifically applies to buying out of captivity

tried to ransom the kidnap victim

reclaim suggests a bringing back to a former state or condition of someone or something abandoned or debased

reclaimed long-abandoned farms

save may replace any of the foregoing terms; it may further imply a preserving or maintaining for usefulness or continued existence

an operation that saved my life

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.