Definition of extricate in English:

extricate

Syllabification: ex·tri·cate
Pronunciation: /ˈekstriˌkāt
 
/

verb

[with object]
  • Free (someone or something) from a constraint or difficulty: he was trying to extricate himself from official duties
    More example sentences
    • Thanks in part to the condition of the track ambulance crews took two hours to extricate me and deliver me to hospital.
    • ‘A very aggressive bird, eating eggs and small reptiles,’ says Sami Backleh, gently extricating the creature from the mist net he rigged a few minutes ago.
    • Two staff members received commendations for their bravery in extricating a youth from serious violence, while at the same taking several other youths to court hearings.
    Synonyms
    extract, free, release, disentangle, get out, remove, withdraw, disengage
    informal get someone/oneself off the hook

Derivatives

extricable

Pronunciation: /ˈekstrikəbəl, ikˈstrik-/
adjective
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  • Following Zizek, Takemoto suggests that what MD presents is not an exposed ‘reality’ but a ‘grey fog’ of competing, incommensurable realities, from which desire and will are never extricable.
  • Insofar as the two halves are extricable, Tiersen's contribution is more compelling.
  • It is a quote recounted in interviews elsewhere and the seemingly effortless success feels an extricable part of the brand itself.

extrication

Pronunciation: /ˌekstriˈkāSHən/
noun
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  • This institute shall act as a repository for all modern extrication and medical relief techniques to ensure quicker rescue and provide prompt medical relief, comparable to international standards.
  • It was a very awkward extrication and it was a miracle the driver was not crushed.
  • With all their knowledge and wisdom, they can see no possible way of painless extrication from the debt predicament.

Origin

early 17th century (in the sense 'unravel, untangle'): from Latin extricat- 'unraveled', from the verb extricare, from ex- 'out' + tricae 'perplexities'.

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