rescue - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participlerescuing
past tenserescued
past participlerescued
  1. 1
    to save someone from a dangerous or unpleasant situation

    The crew of the tanker were rescued just minutes before it sank in heavy seas.

    rescue someone from something:

    He had been trying to rescue a young woman from an arranged marriage to an elderly relative.

  2. 2
    to prevent a business, project etc from failing

    an attempt to rescue the peace process

    rescue something from something:

    She won praise for rescuing an ailing business from near bankruptcy.

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noun [countable]