- 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
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Examples from the Web for extricate
To extricate himself, he surrendered to the government the management of, and revenues from, most of his property.Britain's Welfare Queen
February 18, 2014
This week, Merkel ominously said she expects it will take Europe another decade to extricate itself from the crisis.Is Europe's Troubled Marriage Doomed?
November 6, 2011
George W. Bush set the trap just over nine years ago, and the Democrats are still trying to extricate themselves.The GOP's Fiscal Time Bomb
December 2, 2010
A bit more urgent is how to extricate ourselves from this stinker of a GECSTGD.Sarah Palin, the Sequel
November 10, 2008
Money was needful to extricate him from this drudgery and let him follow up his aspirations.Heroes of the Telegraph
But Shakib is in such a business tangle that he could not extricate himself in a day.The Book of Khalid
Before the animal could extricate itself Mary-'Gusta had seized it in her arms.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
He could extricate himself by criminating his dead father, but that he should never do.The Shadow of a Crime
Still, he conceived that he had gone too far to extricate himself.St. Martin's Summer
- to remove or free from complication, hindrance, or difficulty; disentangle
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.