• IPA: /ˈɹɛs.kjuː/

rescue (rescues, present participle rescuing; past and past participle rescued) (transitive)

  1. To save from any violence, danger or evil.
    The well-trained team rescued everyone after the avalanche.
  2. To free or liberate from confinement or other physical restraint.
    to rescue a prisoner from the enemy.
  3. To recover forcibly.
  4. To deliver by arms, notably from a siege.
  5. (figuratively) To remove or withdraw from a state of exposure to evil and sin.
    Traditionally missionaries aim to rescue many ignorant heathen souls.
  6. (figuratively) To achieve something positive under difficult conditions.
    • 1999, Marion A. Kaplan, Between Dignity and Despair, Oxford University Press ISBN 9780195313581
      Jews rescued some normalcy from increasingly difficult times by assuaging their constant Angst in the family and community and making do with less.
    • 2013, Daniel Harris, The Promised Land: Manchester United's Historic Treble, Birlinn ISBN 9780857906403
      Over the course of the season, on 15 occasions the team had rescued a draw or better after falling behind, such that even against Juventus, there was an air of inevitability about the comeback.
Synonyms Antonyms Related terms Translations Translations
  • Russian: освобожда́ть
  • Russian: спаса́ть


  1. An act or episode of rescuing, saving.
  2. A liberation, freeing.
  3. The forcible ending of a siege; liberation from similar military peril
    The rescue of Jerusalem was the original motive of the Crusaders
  4. A special airliner flight to bring home passengers who are stranded
  5. A rescuee.
    The dog was a rescue with some behavior issues.
Proper noun
  1. A city in California.

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