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extricate

[ek-stri-keyt] /ˈɛk strɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), extricated, extricating.
1.
to free or release from entanglement; disengage:
to extricate someone from a dangerous situation.
2.
to liberate (gas) from combination, as in a chemical process.
Origin
1605-1615
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
Synonyms
1. loose, rescue, deliver, save, recover.
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Examples for extricate
  • It has taken months to extricate it, but finally I have it back.
  • Unable to extricate himself, after several days he dies of thirst within plain sight of freedom.
  • That strategy once helped me to extricate myself from an ugly work environment.
  • Yet the heroine finds it difficult to extricate herself from her mother's tantalizing sphere of influence.
  • 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.
  • So it has become difficult to extricate the equity risk premium over corporate debt returns.
  • Double dip is not a term that a government keen to extricate itself from the economic-crisis-management business likes to hear.
  • 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

extricate

/ˈɛkstrɪˌkeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
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
extricate
1610s, from L. extricatus, pp. of extricare "disentangle," from ex- "out of" + tricæ (pl.) "perplexities, hindrances," of unknown origin. Related: Extricable; extricated; extricating; extrication.
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