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

v free from harm or evil

relieve, salvage, salve, save
save from ruin, destruction, or harm
relieve temporarily
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bring through, carry through, pull through, save
bring into safety

v take forcibly from legal custody

rescue prisoners”
Type of:
take by force

n recovery or preservation from loss or danger

deliverance, delivery, saving
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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
the act of rescuing a ship or its crew or its cargo from a shipwreck or a fire
the act of saving goods or property that were in danger of damage or destruction
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)
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recovery, retrieval
the act of regaining or saving something lost (or in danger of becoming lost)

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