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tr.v. res·cued, res·cu·ing, res·cues
1. To cause to be free from danger, imprisonment, or difficulty; save. See Synonyms at save1.
2. Law To remove (a person or property) from legal custody by force, in violation of the law.
1. An act of rescuing; a deliverance.
2. Law The criminal offense of removing a person or property.
[Middle English rescouen, from Old French rescourre : re-, re- + escourre, to shake (from Latin excutere : ex-, ex- + quatere, to shake; see kwēt- in Indo-European roots).]
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