Definition of rescue noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈreskjuː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈreskjuː//
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  1. 1  [uncountable] the act of saving somebody/something from a dangerous or difficult situation; the fact of being saved We had given up hope of rescue. A wealthy benefactor came to their rescue with a generous donation. a rescue attempt/operation a mountain rescue team rescue workers/boats/helicopters See related entries: Terrorism
  2. 2  [countable] an occasion when somebody/something is saved from a dangerous or difficult situation Ten fishermen were saved in a daring sea rescue. See related entries: Terrorism
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French rescoure from Latin re- (expressing intensive force) + excutere ‘shake out, discard’.Extra examples Her own boat capsized after she attempted a rescue. Her wails of distress brought him running from the house, like a knight to the rescue. New Zealand fire and rescue services carried out several extensive searches for survivors. No one came to their rescue until the following day. The navy are on a search and rescue mission. a financial rescue package for the company an animal rescue centre/​center his rescue from a burning building the rescue of a man from a burning building
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