What does rescue mean?

Definitions for rescueˈrɛs kyu

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word rescue.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rescue, deliverance, delivery, saving(verb)

    recovery or preservation from loss or danger

    "work is the deliverance of mankind"; "a surgeon's job is the saving of lives"

  2. rescue, deliver(verb)

    free from harm or evil

  3. rescue(verb)

    take forcibly from legal custody

    "rescue prisoners"


  1. rescue(Noun)

    An act or episode of rescuing, saving.

  2. rescue(Noun)

    A liberation, freeing.

  3. rescue(Noun)

    The forcible ending of a siege; liberation from similar military peril

    The rescue of Jerusalem was the original motive of the Crusaders

  4. rescue(Noun)

    A special airliner flight to bring home passengers who are stranded

  5. rescue(Noun)

    A rescuee.

    The dog proved a rescue with some behavior issues.

  6. rescue(Verb)

    To save from any violence, danger or evil.

    The well-trained team rescued everyone after the avalanche

  7. rescue(Verb)

    To free or liberate from confinement or other physical restraint.

    to rescue a prisoner from the enemy

  8. rescue(Verb)

    To recover forcibly

  9. rescue(Verb)

    To deliver by arms, notably from a siege

  10. rescue(Verb)

    To remove or withdraw from a state of exposure to evil and sin.

    Traditionally missionaries aim to rescue many ignorant heathen souls.

  11. Rescue(ProperNoun)

    A city in California (zip code 95672)

  12. Origin: rescopuen, from rescourre, rescurre, rescorre; from prefix re- + excutere, from ex + quatere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rescue(verb)

    to free or deliver from any confinement, violence, danger, or evil; to liberate from actual restraint; to remove or withdraw from a state of exposure to evil; as, to rescue a prisoner from the enemy; to rescue seamen from destruction

  2. Rescue

    the act of rescuing; deliverance from restraint, violence, or danger; liberation

  3. Rescue

    the forcible retaking, or taking away, against law, of things lawfully distrained

  4. Rescue

    the forcible liberation of a person from an arrest or imprisonment

  5. Rescue

    the retaking by a party captured of a prize made by the enemy

  6. Origin: [From Rescue, v.; cf. Rescous.]


  1. Rescue

    Rescue comprises responsive operations that usually involve the saving of life, or prevention of injury during an incident or dangerous situation. Tools used might include search and rescue dogs, mounted search and rescue horses, helicopters, the "jaws of life", and other hydraulic cutting and spreading tools used to extricate individuals from wrecked vehicles. Rescue operations are sometimes supported by special vehicles such as fire department's or EMS heavy rescue vehicle.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rescue

    res′kū, v.t. to free from danger or violence: to deliver: to liberate:—pr.p. res′cūing; pa.t. and pa.p. res′cūed.n. the act of rescuing: deliverance from violence or danger: forcible release from arrest or imprisonment.—adj. Res′cuable.—ns. Res′cuer; Rescūssēē′, the party rescued; Rescus′sor, one who makes an unlawful rescue. [M. E. rescous, a rescue—O. Fr. rescousserescourre—L. re-, away, excutĕre, to shake out—ex, out, quatĕre, to shake.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rescue' in Nouns Frequency: #2077

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rescue' in Verbs Frequency: #815

Anagrams for rescue »

  1. cereus, ceruse, Creuse, recuse, secuer, secure


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rescue in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rescue in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. District Police Officer Sohail Chatha:

    We have launched a rescue operation.

  2. Frank Floridia:

    The second rescue was a lot of anxiety.

  3. Lisa Storey:

    That’s a beautiful sound, a rescue sound.

  4. Erik Elvejord:

    We have a fast rescue boat that can move quickly.

  5. Georgetown County resident Wilma Green:

    I’m waiting on rescue people to come pick me up.

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