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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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  • Money was needful to extricate him from this drudgery and let him follow up his aspirations.

  • But Shakib is in such a business tangle that he could not extricate himself in a day.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • 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.

  • Still, he conceived that he had gone too far to extricate himself.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • She lay on her back, struggling vainly to extricate her foot from the stirrup.

    The Heart of Thunder Mountain Edfrid A. Bingham
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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