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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.
Origin of extricate
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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  • I found him, told him of the difficulty I was in, and wished him to point out a way by which I might extricate myself.

    Three Years in Europe William Wells Brown
  • We need only leave Mrs Rowland time to extricate herself, I suppose.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • It was just as if a great loathsome spider, from which he could not extricate himself, was softly groping about under his brain.

    The Duel A. I. Kuprin
  • I wonder if the time ever will arrive when you have not some resource to extricate us from a difficulty?

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • Though the ground was soft, the descent shook him and imbedded him so deeply he could not extricate himself for some time.

  • The "Intrepid" might have been caught, and unable to extricate herself.

British Dictionary definitions for extricate


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 extricate

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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