rescue
transitive verb (rescued; rescuing) Etymology: Middle English rescouen, rescuen, from Anglo-French rescure, from re- + escure to shake off, from Latin excutere, from ex- + quatere to shake Date: 14th century to free from confinement, danger, or evil ; save, deliver: as a. to take (as a prisoner) forcibly from custody b. to recover (as a prize) by force c. to deliver (as a place under siege) by armed force • rescuable adjectiverescue nounrescuer noun Synonyms: rescue, deliver, redeem, ransom, reclaim, save mean to set free from confinement or danger. rescue implies freeing from imminent danger by prompt or vigorous action <
rescued the crew of a sinking ship
>
. deliver implies release usually of a person from confinement, temptation, slavery, or suffering <
delivered his people from bondage
>
. redeem implies releasing from bondage or penalties by giving what is demanded or necessary <
job training designed to redeem school dropouts from chronic unemployment
>
. ransom specifically applies to buying out of captivity <
tried to ransom the kidnap victim
>
. reclaim suggests a bringing back to a former state or condition of someone or something abandoned or debased <
reclaimed long-abandoned farms
>
. save may replace any of the foregoing terms; it may further imply a preserving or maintaining for usefulness or continued existence <
an operation that saved my life
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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