Definition of extricate in English:

extricate

Line breaks: ex|tri|cate
Pronunciation: /ˈɛkstrɪkeɪt
 
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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, let loose, loosen, unloose, detach, disengage, disencumber, untwine, disentwine, unfasten, unclasp, disconnect; liberate, rescue, save, deliver
    informal get someone/oneself off the hook

Derivatives

extricable

adjective
More example sentences
  • 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: /-ˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
More example sentences
  • 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- 'unravelled', from the verb extricare, from ex- 'out' + tricae 'perplexities'.

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