Meaning of “rescue” in the English Dictionary

"rescue" in British English

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rescueverb [ T ]

uk /ˈres.kjuː/ us /ˈres.kjuː/

B1 to help someone or something out of a dangerous, harmful, or unpleasant situation:

The lifeboat rescued the sailors from the sinking boat.
The government has refused to rescue the company from bankruptcy.

More examples

  • The management are putting together a plan to rescue the company.
  • They shouted for help, but nobody came to rescue them.
  • Six people were rescued by helicopter from a fishing boat in distress off the Cornish coast.
  • She showed enormous courage when she rescued him from the fire.
  • A goal just before half-time rescued the match from mediocrity.
rescuer
noun [ C ] uk /ˈres.kjuː.ər/ us /ˈres.kjuː.ɚ/

Two of the rescuers died in a second earthquake.

rescuenoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈres.kjuː/ us /ˈres.kjuː/

B1 the act of helping someone out of a dangerous or unpleasant situation:

Lifeboats carry out many rescues every month.
We huddled together on the cliff ledge, waiting for rescue.
I didn't know anybody at the party, but the hostess came to my rescue (= helped me out of a difficult situation) by introducing me to a few people.

More examples

  • They were decorated for their part in the rescue.
  • We watched scenes of the dramatic rescue on the news.
  • Weather conditions have moderated, making a rescue attempt possible.
  • The central bank has pulled off one of the biggest financial rescues of recent years.
  • One man sustained severe burns during the rescue.

(Definition of “rescue” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rescue" in American English

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rescueverb [ T ]

us /ˈres·kju/

to save someone or something from a dangerous, harmful, or difficult situation:

Medical teams immediately rushed in to rescue persons trapped in buildings and give medical aid.
rescue
noun [ C/U ] us /ˈres·kju/

[ U ] Rescue workers arrived at the scene within minutes.
rescuer
noun [ C ] us /ˈres·kju·ər/

(Definition of “rescue” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"rescue" in Business English

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rescueverb [ T ]

uk /ˈreskjuː/ us FINANCE, ECONOMICS

to save a person, company, economy, etc. from financial failure:

The government is under pressure to rescue people who lost their pensions in the banking crisis.
These are desperate measures aimed at rescuing a sinking economy.
rescue sb/sth from sth The company was rescued from administration by the Government two years ago.

rescuenoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈreskjuː/ us FINANCE, ECONOMICS

the saving of someone or something from financial failure :

The rescue of the banks by government will work only if it restores economic growth.
An Indian company came to the rescue with a ten million dollar investment.
a rescue plan/strategy
a rescue effort/attempt

(Definition of “rescue” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)