Rescue is defined as to free, save from danger or take out of legal custody by force.(verb)
An example of rescue is to take in a stray dog wandering the streets.
Rescue is an act of saving, freeing or taking from legal custody by force.(noun)
An example of a rescue is saving a group of people from a sinking ship.
See rescue in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME rescuen < OFr rescourre < re-, again + escorre, to shake, move < L excutere, to shake off, drive away < ex-, off + quatere, to shake: see quash
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transitive verb res·cued, res·cu·ing, res·cues
Origin: Middle English rescouen
Origin: , from Old French rescourre
Origin: : re-, re-
Origin: + escourre, to shake (from Latin excutere : ex-, ex- + quatere, to shake; see kwēt- in Indo-European roots).
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