- Rescue is an act of saving, freeing or taking from legal custody by force.
An example of a rescue is saving a group of people from a sinking ship.
- Rescue is defined as to free, save from danger or take out of legal custody by force.
An example of rescue is to take in a stray dog wandering the streets.
rescue definition by Webster's New World
- to free or save from danger, imprisonment, evil, etc.
- Law to take (a person or thing) out of legal custody by force
Origin: Middle English rescuen ; from Old French rescourre ; from re-, again plush escorre, to shake, move ; from Classical Latin excutere, to shake off, drive away ; from ex-, off plush quatere, to shake: see quash
rescue definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb res·cued, res·cu·ing, res·cues
- To set free, as from danger or imprisonment; save. See Synonyms at save1.
- Law To take from legal custody by force.
- An act of rescuing; a deliverance.
- Law Removal from legal custody by force.
Origin: Middle English rescouen, from Old French rescourre : re-, re- + escourre, to shake (from Latin excutere : ex-, ex- + quatere, to shake; see kwēt- in Indo-European roots).
- resˈcu·a·ble adjective
- resˈcu·er noun
rescue - Legal Definition