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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
Two people — apparently teenaged boys — were rushed to a hospital after being extricated from a two-car collision in Prairie Village Wednesday.
The move to extricate the state and the federal tax codes has generated unusual consensus among the notoriously divided State Legislature.
Smith had to be extricated by Aurora Fire Department personnel.
Rescuers began using the Jaws of Life to extricate the seriously injured adult male, the fire company said.
One person self extricated, the other person is still trapped in the vehicle.
Our Urban Search and Rescue Team responded as well to help stabilize the vehicle and extricate the patient.
Jaws of life and other tools were used to carefully extricate her.
This crime thriller from August is a harrowing but altogether credible descent into darkness, as the brothers commit crimes, lie without hesitation, and try to extricate themselves from a series of jams.
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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."
Origin and Etymology of extricate
First Known Use: 1601See Words from the same year
Synonymsclear, disembarrass, disengage, disentangle, free, liberate, release, untangle, cut loose
Related Wordsdeliver, redeem, rescue, save; disburden, disencumber, unburden; unravel, unsnarl, untie, untwine
Near Antonymsblock, hamper, hinder, impede, obstruct; burden, encumber, load, weigh
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
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