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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 extrication
  • To aid in the extrication, he had brought along a little gadget his station had recently acquired.
  • He never considered the possibility that water was expelled during the body's extrication from the vehicle.
  • The extrication took place while the engulfing flames moved in the direction of the elderly couple and the officers.
British Dictionary definitions for extrication

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 extrication
n.

1640s, noun of action of extricate.

extricate

v.

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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