From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishrescueres‧cue1 /ˈreskjuː/ ●●○ S3 W3 verb [transitive] SAVE/RESCUEto save someone or something from a situation of danger or harm Survivors of the crash were rescued by helicopter.rescue somebody/something from somebody/something She died trying to rescue her children from the blaze. —rescuer noun [countable]THESAURUSrescue to remove someone from a dangerous, difficult, or unpleasant situationFirefighters worked for two hours to rescue people from the building.Will you rescue me if I get stuck talking to Sam?come to the rescue/somebody’s rescue to come and rescue or help someoneIt was an embarrassing moment, but fortunately Paul came to the rescue.Several people saw I was in trouble, but no one came to my rescue.save to prevent someone from being killed, harmed, or losing something, or to make it possible for something to continueWearing a seat belt can help save your life.They saved the hospital from closure.If you break down in the desert, there is no one there to save you.pick somebody up to rescue someone from a dangerous place by taking them away in a boat or aircraftA lifeboat picked them up two miles from the coast.They spent the night near the top of the mountain, before being picked up by a helicopter.bail somebody out to rescue a person, company etc from a difficult situation, by providing them with the money they needA number of state-owned enterprises have been bailed out by the central bank.He owed thousands of pounds and his mother had to bail him out. → See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusrescue• Twenty one pensioners had to be rescued by boat from their sheltered accommodation.• Increased rates of operative delivery are not necessarily bad if genuinely compromised babies are rescued from death and damage.• She was rescued from her underpaid factory job by a movie director searching for new talent.• We were rescued from the sinking ship by a passing fishing boat.• Smiling feebly, Mundin stood silent just when I needed him to bring in the cavalry and rescue my besieged story.• And how do we rescue particular places, or should we leave them to decay?• Firefighters worked for two hours to rescue people who were trapped in the bus.• Carter also gave a go-ahead for a military attempt to rescue the hostages.• Time for college basketball to rescue us.rescuerescue2 ●●○ noun [countable, uncountable] 1 SAVE/RESCUEwhen someone or something is rescued from danger a daring rescue at searescue of Storms delayed the rescue of the crash victims. Rescue workers arrived at the scene two hours later.rescue mission/operation The rescue operation proved successful.2 → come to the/somebody’s rescueCOLLOCATIONSadjectivesa dramatic rescueA woman is in hospital following a dramatic rescue from her blazing flat.a daring rescueThe lifeboat crew has been honoured for a daring rescue on the Cleveland coast.verbsattempt/mount a rescue (=try to rescue someone)The stormy conditions made it impossible to mount a rescue.rescue + NOUNa rescue attempt/effortOne fire fighter was severely burned in the rescue attempt.a rescue operation/missionA major rescue operation was launched yesterday after two divers were reported missing.a rescue workerRescue workers are searching through the rubble for survivors.a rescue teamHe was still conscious when the rescue team arrived.a rescue helicopter/boat/shipA rescue helicopter is on its way.a rescue plan/package (=plan to save a company, economy etc that is in trouble)They drew up a rescue plan that involved restructuring the firm.
Examples from the Corpusrescue• Assume that a duty of care is owed by A to C as a rescue was reasonably foreseeable in the circumstances.• But Tuesday afternoon rescue workers were still searching the rubble, cordoned off by dozens of uniformed soldiers and police.• So far, the rescue seems to have succeeded, at little cost to the lenders.• Royal Humane Society, founded in 1774 for the rescue of persons from drowning, and the recovery of dead bodies.• Glenn Chamberlain said from the rescue center in Halifax.• Then it seems the rescue boat itself crashed, throwing Mr Hill into the water for a second time.• Alberto has come to the rescue with One Step, a great new two-in-one shampoo and conditioner.rescue of• Storms delayed the rescue of the crash victims.From Longman Business Dictionaryrescueres‧cue1 /ˈreskjuː/ verb [transitive]COMMERCE to save a company, country, or economic system that is in danger of failing, for example because of financial problemsThe fund is aimed at rescuing financially troubled companies.efforts to rescue the economy by lowering interest rates→ See Verb tablerescuerescue2 noun [countable]COMMERCE1an occasion when a company, country, or economic system is saved from failingThe company faces bankruptcy unless a rescue can be negotiated.The International Monetary Fundcame to the rescue.2rescue attempt/effort/plan etc an attempt, effort etc to save a company, country, or economic system from failingIt’s an ambitious rescue effort, and some marketing experts question whether the strategy will be effective.a last-ditch financial rescue packageOrigin rescue1 (1300-1400) Old French rescourre, from escourre “to shake out”, from Latin excutere