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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
A spokesman for the department said that at least one person was extricated from a vehicle.
Crews moved the vehicle to the west bank of the river so Cascade Rural Fire Department could extricate the two bodies.
One person from the car did need to be extricated, according to a statement issued by the Countryside Fire Protection District.
But Arcia turned his blunder into a highlight, to expertly extricating himself from a pickle and gliding past a tag to score.
A second victim, later identified as Randy Chabala, 59, was found lying on a bed inside the trailer and was extricated through a bedroom window, the police report stated.
A tow truck was sent to the scene to extricate the vehicle from the pool.
The male driver extricated himself from the smashed car just after 1:30 a.m. and fled on foot from the 400 block of West Ontario Street, Chicago police said.
The truck, apparently held by a branch, teetered there until a heavy tow truck could stabilize it and extricate the driver, noted Ramirez.
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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
Latin extricatus, past participle of extricare, from ex- + tricae trifles, perplexities
First Known Use: 1601See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of extricate
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
Definition of extricate for Students
: to free from a trap or difficulty
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