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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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  • It has taken months to extricate it, but finally I have it back.
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  • That strategy once helped me to extricate myself from an ugly work environment.
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  • He often said it as he tried to extricate himself from trouble with his dry wit.
  • To extricate it, engineers had to dig out snow and mud under a bent tank tread.
  • Doubly so when it is impossible to extricate oneself from the bind of that definition, even when it clearly does not apply.
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  • In this case, the hood of the victims sweatshirt was caught and he was not able to extricate himself from the machine.
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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