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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
With Israel having already settled 600,000 Jews in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, extricating itself will be difficult.
Back on Everest, above where Paul's body was extricated, two of the Sherpas moved up to Camp 4.
With the season hanging by a thread, the pair teamed to extricate the Yankees following Jason Kipnis’ one-out triple, just the second of three hits Tanaka allowed.
Deputies said both Previty and the other motorist were extricated from the vehicles via non-mechanical means.
The truck was pinned against the tree, and both occupants had to be extricated, which took about 20 minutes, the release said.
Both he and Smith had to be extricated from the car.
The Sacramento Fire Department responded and used special equipment to extricate him.
The Fire Department used special equipment to extricate Berube from the chimney.
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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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