from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Assistance in time of distress; relief.
- n. One that affords assistance or relief.
- transitive v. To give assistance to in time of want, difficulty, or distress. See Synonyms at help.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Aid, assistance or relief given to one in distress; ministration.
- v. to give such assistance
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To run to, or run to support; hence, to help or relieve when in difficulty, want, or distress; to assist and deliver from suffering; to relieve.
- n. Aid; help; assistance; esp., assistance that relieves and delivers from difficulty, want, or distress.
- n. The person or thing that brings relief.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To help or relieve when in difficulty, want, or distress; assist and deliver from suffering.
- n. Aid; help; assistance.
- n. The person or thing that brings relief; especially, troops serving as an aid or assistance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. help in a difficult situation
- n. assistance in time of difficulty
Middle English sucur, back-formation from sucurs (taken as pl.), from Old French secors, from Medieval Latin succursus, from past participle of Latin succurrere, to run to the aid of : sub-, sub- + currere, to run.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English sucuren, from Old French sucurre, sucurir ("to rescue, remedy"), from Latin succurrō ("go beneath, run for cover, run for help", v), from sub- + currō ("run", v). More at sub-, current. (Wiktionary)