WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
suc•cor /ˈsʌkɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. help;
    relief;
    aid:providing succor to the wounded.

v. [+ object]
  • to help (someone who is in difficulty, need, or distress).
  • Also,[esp. Brit.,]ˈsuc•cour. 
    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    suc•cor  (sukər), 
    n. 
    1. help;
      relief;
      aid;
      assistance.
    2. a person or thing that gives help, relief, aid, etc.

    v.t. 
  • to help or relieve.
  • Also,[esp. Brit.,]succour. 
    Etymology:
    • 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
    succor•a•ble, adj. 
    succor•er, n. 
    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
    vb
    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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