rescue

When you rescue something, you save it from something bad — you come to the rescue. If Muffin, your kitten, is stuck in a tree, you can get out your ladder and climb up to rescue her.

A rescue is a good thing, much appreciated by people (and kittens). If your house is in foreclosure, you'd be very grateful for the uncle who comes to your rescue by paying your mortgage. Whenever there's an earthquake or other disaster, rescue operations are quickly put in place to find survivors. You can use the word more casually, as in describing how you saunter over at a cocktail party and rescue your friend from a conversation with an insufferable bore.

Definitions of rescue
  1. verb
    free from harm or evil
    synonyms: deliver
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    types:
    relieve, salvage, salve, save
    save from ruin, destruction, or harm
    reprieve
    relieve temporarily
    type of:
    bring through, carry through, pull through, save
    bring into safety
  2. verb
    take forcibly from legal custody
    rescue prisoners”
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    type of:
    take
    take by force
  3. noun
    recovery or preservation from loss or danger
    synonyms: deliverance, delivery, saving
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    lifesaving
    saving the lives of drowning persons
    redemption, salvation
    (theology) the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil
    reclamation, reformation
    rescuing from error and returning to a rightful course
    salvage
    the act of rescuing a ship or its crew or its cargo from a shipwreck or a fire
    salvage
    the act of saving goods or property that were in danger of damage or destruction
    salvation
    saving someone or something from harm or from an unpleasant situation
    search and rescue mission
    a rescue mission to search for survivors and to rescue them
    absolution, remission, remission of sin, remittal
    the act of absolving or remitting; formal redemption as pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance
    conversion, rebirth, spiritual rebirth
    a spiritual enlightenment causing a person to lead a new life
    atonement, expiation, propitiation
    the act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing (especially appeasing a deity)
    type of:
    recovery, retrieval
    the act of regaining or saving something lost (or in danger of becoming lost)
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