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Examples of extricate in a Sentence
Several survivors were extricated from the wreckage.
They extricated the tractor from the mud.
She hasn't been able to extricate herself from her legal problems.
Recent Examples of extricate from the Web
The man was extricated from the equipment prior to Phoenix fire's arrival, and first responders were told the man was stuck in the machinery for about five minutes, Gile said.
The driver of the Toyota and a female passenger were extricated from the vehicle by fire crews, Young said.
Frechette was extricated from the vehicle by the Andover Fire Department and taken to Lawrence General Hospital where he was pronounced dead as a result of injuries sustained in the crash, police said.
Cano is the Mariners' new second baseman, one extricated from the New York Yankees for $240 million to be paid over the next decade.
One woman is injured after having to be extricated because of a two-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon, the DeKalb Fire Department confirmed.
The Phoenix Fire Department found four adults and three children in need of medical attention Tuesday afternoon, and at least one person had to be extricated from the vehicle, said Capt.
Someone had to be extricated from one of the vehicles.
In fact, Travolta had been working personally behind the scenes to extricate the film from Lionsgate.
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Did You Know?
It can take an ample amount of dexterity - manual, verbal, or mental - to free yourself from a tangled situation. This can be seen in extricate, a word derived from Latin extricatus, which combines the prefix ex- ("out of") with the noun tricae, meaning "trifles or perplexities." (The resemblance of tricae to our word trick is no illusion; it’s an ancestor.) While a number of words (such as "disentangle") share with extricate the meaning of "to free from difficulty," extricate suggests the act of doing so with care and ingenuity, as in "Through months of careful budgeting, he was able to extricate himself from his financial burdens."
Synonym Discussion of extricate
- extricated himself from financial difficulties
- disentangling fact from fiction
- untangle a web of deceit
- an article disencumbered of jargon
- disembarrassed herself of her advisers
EXTRICATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of extricate for English Language Learners
: to free or remove (someone or something) from something (such as a trap or a difficult situation)
EXTRICATE Defined for Kids
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