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ex·tri·cate

 (ĕk′strĭ-kāt′)
tr.v. ex·tri·cat·ed, ex·tri·cat·ing, ex·tri·cates
To release from an entanglement or difficulty; disengage.

[Latin extrīcāre, extrīcāt- : ex-, ex- + trīcae, hindrances, perplexities.]

ex′tri·ca·ble (-kə-bəl) adj.
ex′tri·ca′tion n.
Synonyms: extricate, disengage, disentangle, untangle
These verbs mean to free from something that entangles: extricated herself from an embarrassing situation; disengaged his attention from the television; sought to disentangle fact from fiction in the account; lawyers tasked with untangling the corporation's financial dealings.

extricate

(ˈɛkstrɪˌkeɪt)
vb (tr)
to remove or free from complication, hindrance, or difficulty; disentangle
[C17: from Latin extrīcāre to disentangle, from ex-1 + trīcae trifles, vexations]
ˈextricable adj
ˌextriˈcation n
Usage: See at extract

ex•tri•cate

(ˈɛk strɪˌkeɪt)

v.t. -cat•ed, -cat•ing.
to free or release from entanglement; disengage.
[1605–15; < Latin extrīcātus, past participle of extrīcāre to set free =ex- ex-1 + -trīcāre, derivative of trīcae perplexities]
ex′tri•ca•ble, adj.
ex`tri•ca′tion, n.

extricate


Past participle: extricated
Gerund: extricating

Imperative
extricate
extricate
Present
I extricate
you extricate
he/she/it extricates
we extricate
you extricate
they extricate
Preterite
I extricated
you extricated
he/she/it extricated
we extricated
you extricated
they extricated
Present Continuous
I am extricating
you are extricating
he/she/it is extricating
we are extricating
you are extricating
they are extricating
Present Perfect
I have extricated
you have extricated
he/she/it has extricated
we have extricated
you have extricated
they have extricated
Past Continuous
I was extricating
you were extricating
he/she/it was extricating
we were extricating
you were extricating
they were extricating
Past Perfect
I had extricated
you had extricated
he/she/it had extricated
we had extricated
you had extricated
they had extricated
Future
I will extricate
you will extricate
he/she/it will extricate
we will extricate
you will extricate
they will extricate
Future Perfect
I will have extricated
you will have extricated
he/she/it will have extricated
we will have extricated
you will have extricated
they will have extricated
Future Continuous
I will be extricating
you will be extricating
he/she/it will be extricating
we will be extricating
you will be extricating
they will be extricating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been extricating
you have been extricating
he/she/it has been extricating
we have been extricating
you have been extricating
they have been extricating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been extricating
you will have been extricating
he/she/it will have been extricating
we will have been extricating
you will have been extricating
they will have been extricating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been extricating
you had been extricating
he/she/it had been extricating
we had been extricating
you had been extricating
they had been extricating
Conditional
I would extricate
you would extricate
he/she/it would extricate
we would extricate
you would extricate
they would extricate
Past Conditional
I would have extricated
you would have extricated
he/she/it would have extricated
we would have extricated
you would have extricated
they would have extricated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.extricate - release from entanglement of difficultyextricate - release from entanglement of difficulty; "I cannot extricate myself from this task"
disengage, free - free or remove obstruction from; "free a path across the cluttered floor"

extricate

verb
1. withdraw, relieve, free, clear, deliver, liberate, wriggle out of, get (someone) off the hook (slang), disembarrass an attempt to extricate himself from his financial difficulties
2. free, clear, release, remove, rescue, get out, disengage, disentangle Emergency workers tried to extricate the survivors from the wreckage.

extricate

verb
To free from an entanglement:
Translations
يُخَلِّص، يُنْقِذ
vymanit
befriudfri af
losa, leysa
išlaisvinimasišpainiojimas
atbrīvotatpestīt

extricate

[ˈekstrɪkeɪt] VT (= disentangle) → desenredar; (= free) [+ victim] → rescatar, sacar
to extricate o.s. from [+ difficulty, situation] → lograr salir de
he extricated himself from her griplogró soltarse de la mano de ella

extricate

[ˈɛkstrɪkeɪt] vt
[+ person in difficult situation] → tirer
to extricate o.s. from a difficult situation → se tirer d'une situation difficile, se sortir d'une situation difficile
(= get out) [+ object, person] → dégager
to extricate sth from sth → dégager qch de qch

extricate

vtbefreien; (fig)retten; to extricate oneself from something (lit, fig)sich aus etw befreien

extricate

[ˈɛkstrɪˌkeɪt] vt (object) → liberare
to extricate sth (from) → districare qc (da)
to extricate sb/o.s. from a difficult situation → togliere qn/togliersi d'impaccio

extricate

(ˈekstrikeit) verb
to set free. He extricated her from her difficulties.
ˌextriˈcation noun
References in classic literature ?
He could not then hasten to England himself, to extricate you from the snare into which you had fallen, but he implored Mr.
I must go, Cathy,' said Heathcliff, seeking to extricate himself from his companion's arms.
Then you must get him out of England before you stir a finger to extricate yourself.
To extricate himself from the stirrups and fallen steed, was to the Templar scarce the work of a moment; and, stung with madness, both at his disgrace and at the acclamations with which it was hailed by the spectators, he drew his sword and waved it in defiance of his conqueror.
Instantly I began to extricate myself and crawl back again, with what speed and silence I could manage, to the more open portion of the wood.
All that I have said to thee so far, Anselmo, has had reference to what concerns thee; now it is right that I should say something of what regards myself; and if I be prolix, pardon me, for the labyrinth into which thou hast entered and from which thou wouldst have me extricate thee makes it necessary.
Imagination may range at pleasure till it gets bewildered amidst the labyrinths of an enchanted castle, and knows not on which side to turn to extricate itself from the perplexities into which it has so rashly adventured.
The national government, in such cases, will not be affected by this pride, but will proceed with moderation and candor to consider and decide on the means most proper to extricate them from the difficulties which threaten them.
It is now no longer a point of speculation and hope, that the Western territory is a mine of vast wealth to the United States; and although it is not of such a nature as to extricate them from their present distresses, or for some time to come, to yield any regular supplies for the public expenses, yet must it hereafter be able, under proper management, both to effect a gradual discharge of the domestic debt, and to furnish, for a certain period, liberal tributes to the federal treasury.
His host attributed this to the fact that his guest was unaccustomed to the society of cultured women, and so found a pretext to quickly extricate him from his seemingly unpleasant position and lead him away to his study and the brandy and soda which were evidently much less embarrassing to Mr.
It was his luck to meet a young man in what is technically called a 'dive,' and thanks to his monthly wages, to extricate this new acquaintance from a position of present disgrace and possible danger in the future.
By chance, one hopping to avoid us leapt into the hole caused by the uprooting of a wind-blown tree; before it could extricate itself we managed to catch it.