Definition of extricate in English:



  • Free (someone or something) from a constraint or difficulty.

    ‘he was trying to extricate himself from official duties’
    • ‘The ship was extricated after being stuck for three hours.’
    • ‘These people will present themselves in a matter of time and we will immediately extricate them from our ranks.’
    • ‘The only challenge was extricating the car from over-full car parks and verges.’
    • ‘However, when a customer comes up, he extricates those fine-looking mangoes or pomegranates from underneath, to be weighed and handed out.’
    • ‘Her efforts towards extricating women, particularly Dalit women, from their state of subordination in the society are well known.’
    • ‘But my guess is that they were extricated some time ago to some safe-haven.’
    • ‘They don't believe the Government has a viable strategy for extricating the country from the mess left by neoliberalism.’
    • ‘Two staff members received commendations for their bravery in extricating a youth from serious violence, while at the same taking several other youths to court hearings.’
    • ‘When they are extricated, one of them is unconscious and has a steel rod sticking into his temple.’
    • ‘Thanks in part to the condition of the track ambulance crews took two hours to extricate me and deliver me to hospital.’
    • ‘When they were extricated two or three of them were much bruised about the head and face, but no limbs were broken.’
    • ‘The scooterist came back running, asking the crane to stop till his scooter was extricated.’
    • ‘On demand, of course, the highly - polished ‘imported’ apples or pomegranates are deftly extricated from underneath, weighed and handed out.’
    • ‘A number of persons rushed to the accident spot and extricated the occupants from the car.’
    • ‘Soldiers had local residents extricate the bodies and then flattened the house with bulldozers, witnesses said.’
    • ‘‘A very aggressive bird, eating eggs and small reptiles,’ says Sami Backleh, gently extricating the creature from the mist net he rigged a few minutes ago.’
    • ‘David Mason rather sportingly ended up driving Elaine to Stephen's house, where she extricated him.’
    • ‘‘One person was trapped and we extricated them but it has been confirmed as a fatality,’ he said.’
    • ‘So does Cardinal Connell have the capacity to extricate the church from this mess and instil confidence in ordinary Catholics?’
    • ‘Three bullets were extricated from Gurcharan's body.’
    extract, free, release, disentangle, get out, remove, withdraw, let loose, loosen, unloose, detach, disengage, disencumber, untwine, disentwine, unfasten, unclasp, disconnect
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Early 17th century (in the sense ‘unravel, untangle’): from Latin extricat- ‘unravelled’, from the verb extricare, from ex- ‘out’ + tricae ‘perplexities’.