succour
Succor Suc"cor, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Succored}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Succoring}.] [OE. socouren, OF. sucurre, soucourre, secorre, F. secourir, L. succurrere, succursum, to run under, run to the aid of, help, succor; sub under + currere to run. See {Current}.] To run to, or run to support; hence, to help or relieve when in difficulty, want, or distress; to assist and deliver from suffering; to relieve; as, to succor a besieged city. [Written also {succour}.] [1913 Webster]

He is able to succor them that are tempted. --Heb. ii. 18. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To aid; assist; relieve; deliver; help; comfort. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • succour — British English spelling of SUCCOR (Cf. succor) (q.v.); for spelling, see OR (Cf. or) …   Etymology dictionary

  • succour — a rather formal word meaning ‘aid or assistance, especially in time of need’, is spelt our in BrE and succor in AmE …   Modern English usage

  • succour — (US succor) ► NOUN ▪ assistance and support in times of hardship and distress. ► VERB ▪ give assistance to. ORIGIN Latin succursus, from succurrere run to the help of …   English terms dictionary

  • succour — [[t]sʌ̱kə(r)[/t]] succours, succouring, succoured (in AM, use succor) 1) N UNCOUNT Succour is help given to people who are suffering or in difficulties. [FORMAL] ...Italy s commitment to give succour to populations involved in an absurd conflict …   English dictionary

  • succour — suc|cour1 BrE succor AmE [ˈsʌkə US ər] n [U] literary help and sympathy that is given to someone ▪ They give succour to the victims of war. succour 2 succour2 BrE succor AmE v [T] literary to give help and sympathy someone …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • succour — I UK [ˈsʌkə(r)] / US [ˈsʌkər] verb [transitive] Word forms succour : present tense I/you/we/they succour he/she/it succours present participle succouring past tense succoured past participle succoured literary to help someone II UK [ˈsʌkə(r)] /… …   English dictionary

  • succour — [13] If you succour someone, you are literally ‘running under’ them. The word comes via Old French socorre from Latin succurrere, a compound verb formed from the prefix sub ‘under’ and currere ‘run’ (source of English courier, course, current,… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • succour — [13] If you succour someone, you are literally ‘running under’ them. The word comes via Old French socorre from Latin succurrere, a compound verb formed from the prefix sub ‘under’ and currere ‘run’ (source of English courier, course, current,… …   Word origins

  • succour — chiefly British variant of succor …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • succour — suc·cour (sŭkʹər) n. & v. Chiefly British Variant of succor. * * * …   Universalium

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