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[ek-stri-keyt] /ˈɛk strɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), extricated, extricating.
to free or release from entanglement; disengage:
to extricate someone from a dangerous situation.
to liberate (gas) from combination, as in a chemical process.
1605-15; < Latin extricātus (past participle of extricāre), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + tric(ae) perplexities + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
extrication, noun
nonextrication, noun
unextricated, adjective
1. loose, rescue, deliver, save, recover. Unabridged
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  • All about and around us a faith in poetry struggles to be extricated, but it is not extricated.
  • The party has extricated itself from big parts of their lives, and relative wealth has broadened horizons.
  • Concerned motorists extricated the truck driver from the vehicle and pulled him to safety.
  • The net was slowly retrieved to shore and one by one, the struggling wild ducks were carefully extricated from the net.
  • As a result of the impact the pedestrian was trapped beneath the vehicle and had to be subsequently extricated.
  • After nearly nine hours, all five members of the family were extricated from the embankment.
  • As a result of the impact of the collision, the officer was pinned in the vehicle and had to be extricated.
  • Before the heavy equipment operator could be extricated from the cab, he was suffocated by the mud.
  • Exceptions to this are when a patient needs to be rapidly extricated or moved.
British Dictionary definitions for extricated


verb (transitive)
to remove or free from complication, hindrance, or difficulty; disentangle
Derived Forms
extricable, adjective
extrication, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin extrīcāre to disentangle, from ex-1 + trīcae trifles, vexations
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Word Origin and History for extricated



1610s, from Latin extricatus, past participle of extricare "disentangle," perhaps from ex- "out of" + tricae (plural) "perplexities, hindrances," of unknown origin. Related: Extricated; extricating.

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