Definition of extricate in US English:



[with object]
  • Free (someone or something) from a constraint or difficulty.

    ‘he was trying to extricate himself from official duties’
    • ‘The scooterist came back running, asking the crane to stop till his scooter was extricated.’
    • ‘But my guess is that they were extricated some time ago to some safe-haven.’
    • ‘On demand, of course, the highly - polished ‘imported’ apples or pomegranates are deftly extricated from underneath, weighed and handed out.’
    • ‘When they were extricated two or three of them were much bruised about the head and face, but no limbs were broken.’
    • ‘Her efforts towards extricating women, particularly Dalit women, from their state of subordination in the society are well known.’
    • ‘These people will present themselves in a matter of time and we will immediately extricate them from our ranks.’
    • ‘David Mason rather sportingly ended up driving Elaine to Stephen's house, where she extricated him.’
    • ‘Three bullets were extricated from Gurcharan's body.’
    • ‘A number of persons rushed to the accident spot and extricated the occupants from the car.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They don't believe the Government has a viable strategy for extricating the country from the mess left by neoliberalism.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘‘One person was trapped and we extricated them but it has been confirmed as a fatality,’ he said.’
    • ‘However, when a customer comes up, he extricates those fine-looking mangoes or pomegranates from underneath, to be weighed and handed out.’
    • ‘The ship was extricated after being stuck for three hours.’
    • ‘The only challenge was extricating the car from over-full car parks and verges.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Soldiers had local residents extricate the bodies and then flattened the house with bulldozers, witnesses said.’
    • ‘So does Cardinal Connell have the capacity to extricate the church from this mess and instil confidence in ordinary Catholics?’
    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’.