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[res-kyoo] /ˈrɛs kyu/
verb (used with object), rescued, rescuing.
to free or deliver from confinement, violence, danger, or evil.
Law. to liberate or take by forcible or illegal means from lawful custody.
the act of rescuing.
of or relating to someone or something trained or equipped to rescue:
a rescue dog.
1300-50; (v.) Middle English rescuen < Old French rescourre, equivalent to re- re- + escourre to shake, drive out, remove < Latin excutere (ex- ex-1 + -cutere, combining form of quatere to shake); (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.
Related forms
rescuable, adjective
rescueless, adjective
rescuer, noun
nonrescue, noun
quasi-rescued, adjective
unrescuable, adjective
unrescued, adjective
1. liberate, release, save, redeem, ransom, extricate, recover. 3. liberation, deliverance, release, redemption, recovery. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rescued
  • The birds that survive long enough to be rescued can often be cleaned.
  • In fact, some of the searchers themselves became lost and had to be rescued.
  • Five other crewmen, including four students, were rescued.
  • Even as the street fighting raged, some protesters rescued books, carrying them out of the building by the armful.
  • My dad rescued a tarantula from a co-worker once because the guy had gotten tired of caring for him and wanted to turn him loose.
  • If it is maintained, it's a great way to know how many people might need to be rescued.
  • Fortunately, the driver escaped through the roof hatch and was quickly rescued.
  • He got involved in the rescue and interviewed the people he rescued.
  • The text is here hopelessly illegible, and only the general drift of the meaning can be rescued.
  • Once you've rescued some pandas, the menu screen will also allow you to choose the panda's habitat.
British Dictionary definitions for rescued


verb (transitive) -cues, -cuing, -cued
to bring (someone or something) out of danger, attack, harm, etc; deliver or save
to free (a person) from legal custody by force
(law) to seize (goods or property) by force
  1. the act or an instance of rescuing
  2. (as modifier): a rescue party
the forcible removal of a person from legal custody
(law) the forcible seizure of goods or property
Derived Forms
rescuable, adjective
rescuer, noun
Word Origin
C14: rescowen, from Old French rescourre, from re- + escourre to pull away, from Latin excutere to shake off, from quatere to shake
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Word Origin and History for rescued



late 14c., from rescue (v.). Earlier noun was rescous (early 14c.), from Old French rescous.


c.1300, from stem of Old French rescorre "protect, keep safe; free, deliver" (Modern French recourre), from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + escourre "to cast off, discharge," from Latin excutere "to shake off, drive away," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + -cutere, combining form of quatere "to shake" (see quash). Related: Rescued; rescuing.

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