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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
Timothy Erjavac, 47, was extricated from his race car and transported by ambulance to Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb, where he was later pronounced dead, according to a news release issued by Kane County Sheriff's Department.
The ceremony was capped with their commander leading a rousing round of the navy cheer 'Hooyah!' that became a trademark of their never-say-die effort to extricate the boys.
The driver was extricated and taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with minor injuries.
She was extricated to wild applause after 58 hours, losing a toe, gaining a small scar on her forehead but otherwise in good shape.
He was extricated him from the vehicle and taken to Brockton hospital.
The driver was reportedly extricated from his Jeep Grand Cherokee and transported to the hospital.
The girl was extricated from the vehicle and rushed to St. Luke's Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
She was extricated and transported to Hillcrest Hospital.
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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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