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Definition of "rescue" [res•cue]

  • To set free, as from danger or imprisonment; save. See Synonyms at save1. (verb-transitive)
  • Law To take from legal custody by force. (verb-transitive)
  • An act of rescuing; a deliverance. (noun)
  • Law Removal from legal custody by force. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "rescue" in a sentence
  • "Banks will not lend in this climate of uncertainty when the term rescue has morphed from verb, or name, into an adjective of economy."
  • "So, let's use the term rescue of Bear Stearns, the fifth biggest investment bank in the nation."
  • "Because commented saying that the term rescue offends her."