1. Assistance in time of distress; relief.
2. One that affords assistance or relief: "There is a higher beauty still in ... being a succor to the oppressed" (Charles Sumner).
tr.v. suc·cored, suc·cor·ing, suc·cors
To give assistance to in time of want, difficulty, or distress: succor the poor.
[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; see kers- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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