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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
Windom declined to confirm any particular number of dead, but said firefighters extricated at least one person from a vehicle.
Their partners have been trying to extricate them from their restaurants entirely.
As bricks were falling through the sunroof of her car, firefighters were able to extricate her through the passenger-side window, Smith said.
The personal is the political, and vice versa, and at this late date, there’s no way to extricate them from each other.
Firefighters extricated three people who were trapped, officials said.
The driver was pinned inside the car, and responders had to extricate him.
Perez, 21, had to be extricated from his mangled vehicle, but suffered only minor injuries, state police said.
The force of collision pushed the Corolla against a utility box, requiring hydraulic tools to extricate the people inside.
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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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