- 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.
transitive verb-·cued, -·cu·ing
- to free or save from danger, imprisonment, evil, etc.
- Law to take (a person or thing) out of legal custody by force
Origin of rescueMiddle English rescuen from Old French rescourre from re-, again + escorre, to shake, move from Classical Latin excutere, to shake off, drive away from ex-, off + quatere, to shake: see quash
transitive verbres·cued, res·cu·ing, res·cues
- To cause to be free from danger, imprisonment, or difficulty; save. See Synonyms at save1.
- Law To remove (a person or property) from legal custody by force, in violation of the law.
- An act of rescuing; a deliverance.
- Law The criminal offense of removing a person or property.
Origin of rescueMiddle 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.)
(third-person singular simple present rescues, present participle rescuing, simple past and past participle rescued) (transitive)
- To save from any violence, danger or evil.
- The well-trained team rescued everyone after the avalanche
- To free or liberate from confinement or other physical restraint.
- to rescue a prisoner from the enemy
- To recover forcibly
- To deliver by arms, notably from a siege
- (figuratively) To remove or withdraw from a state of exposure to evil and sin.
- Traditionally missionaries aim to rescue many ignorant heathen souls.
- (all senses): abandon, ignore
- (to save from violence, danger or evil): endanger, imperil
- (to free from confinement): enslave, incarcerate
- (to free from restraint): bind, constrict, hamper, inhibit, obstruct, preclude
- (to recover forcibly): kidnap
- (to deliver by arms): arrest, capture
- (to rescue from evil or sin): corrupt, deprave
- An act or episode of rescuing, saving.
- A liberation, freeing.
- The forcible ending of a siege; liberation from similar military peril
- The rescue of Jerusalem was the original motive of the Crusaders
- A special airliner flight to bring home passengers who are stranded
- A rescuee.
- The dog proved a rescue with some behavior issues.
- Often used attributively as an adjective, e.g. "rescue equipment".
- A city in California (zip code 95672)
rescue - Legal Definition