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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 helicopter was at the scene to help extricate the man.
The fire and EMS department said its personnel extricated the woman from beneath the vehicle.
Police saw Shannon Allsup, 52, of Fort Worth, was trapped in his vehicle and he was extricated by first responders.
A fourth person was extricated from one of the vehicles and airlifted with serious injuries to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, said a spokeswoman for the California Highway Patrol’s Indio office.
Firefighters went into the water to extricate two female occupants who were trapped when the car overturned, according to Mike Jachles, a spokesman for Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue.
Hapilon, who was recovering from wounds inflicted by an airstrike in January, is still hiding out in the city under the protection of gunmen who are desperately trying to find a way to extricate him, said Philippine military chief Gen. Eduardo Ano.
Thomas Shafer, a Public Works spokesperson for the city of Lincoln told KETV that traffic was delayed while the vehicle was extricated from the wet concrete.
The predicament isn’t new, and others have extricated themselves from such wrecks.
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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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