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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Res·cue v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rescued p. pr. & vb. n. Rescuing.]  To free or deliver from any confinement, violence, danger, or evil; to liberate from actual restraint; to remove or withdraw from a state of exposure to evil; as, to rescue a prisoner from the enemy; to rescue seamen from destruction.
 Had I been seized by a hungry lion,
 I would have been a breakfast to the best,
 Rather than have false Proteus rescue me.   --Shak.
 Syn: -- To retake; recapture; free; deliver; liberate; release; save.