WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
suc•cor /ˈsʌkɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. help;
    aid:providing succor to the wounded.

v. [+ object]
  1. to help (someone who is in difficulty, need, or distress).
Also,[esp. Brit.,] ˈsuc•cour. 
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
suc•cor  (sukər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. help;
  2. a person or thing that gives help, relief, aid, etc.

  1. to help or relieve.
Also,[esp. Brit.,] succour.  succor•a•ble, adj. 
succor•er, n. 
  • Medieval Latin succursus, equivalent. to Latin succur(rere) + -sus, var of -tus suffix of verb, verbal action
  • Old French
  • Latin succurrere to go beneath, run to help, equivalent. to suc- suc- + currere to run (see current); (noun, nominal) Middle English soc(o)ur, back formation from sucurs (taken as plural)
  • Old French suc(c)urre, socorre
  • (verb, verbal) Middle English sucuren 1250–1300
    • 1, 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged support.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  help. 
    See  -or 1.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

succour, US succor /ˈsʌkə/ n
  1. help or assistance, esp in time of difficulty
  2. a person or thing that provides help
  1. (transitive) to give aid to
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French sucurir, from Latin succurrere to hurry to help, from sub- under + currere to run


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