rescue

[res-kyoo]
verb (used with object), rescued, rescuing.
1.
to free or deliver from confinement, violence, danger, or evil.
2.
Law. to liberate or take by forcible or illegal means from lawful custody.
noun
3.
the act of rescuing.

Origin:
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.

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.
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rescue (ˈrɛskjuː)
 
vb , -cues, -cuing, -cued
1.  to bring (someone or something) out of danger, attack, harm, etc; deliver or save
2.  to free (a person) from legal custody by force
3.  law to seize (goods or property) by force
 
n
4.  a.  the act or an instance of rescuing
 b.  (as modifier): a rescue party
5.  the forcible removal of a person from legal custody
6.  law the forcible seizure of goods or property
 
[C14: rescowen, from Old French rescourre, from re- + escourre to pull away, from Latin excutere to shake off, from quatere to shake]
 
'rescuable
 
adj
 
'rescuer
 
n

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rescue
c.1300 (n. and v.), from stem of O.Fr. rescourre, from re-, intensive prefix, + escourre "to cast off, discharge," from L. excutere "to shake off, drive away," from ex- "out" + -cutere, combining form of quatere "to shake" (see quash).
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Example sentences
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.
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