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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 of extricate
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 from the Web for extrication
Historical Examples
  • What opening for extrication, unless, indeed, Emilia should die?

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • They were therefore in a dilemma, from which there was no middle course of extrication.

    Mary Wollstonecraft Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • Here was an impasse from which obviously there was but one method of extrication.

  • This is one of the simplest of these methods of extrication.

  • They seemed to be in a maze, without perceiving the right way of extrication.

    The Allen House T. S. Arthur
  • My whole future depended upon my extrication from that impasse.

    The Count's Chauffeur William Le Queux
  • Many of those who were saved died in a few hours after their extrication.

    Old and New London Walter Thornbury
  • He was resolved to make an effort of some kind for the extrication of his sister.

    Checkmate Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Indeed, that seems in some places the only way to extrication from the labyrinth.

    A Month in Yorkshire Walter White
  • Could there be, even for him, some mode of extrication from his misery?

    Can You Forgive Her?

    Anthony Trollope
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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