Definition of extricate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    extricate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈekstrɪkeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈekstrɪkeɪt//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they extricate
    BrE BrE//ˈekstrɪkeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈekstrɪkeɪt//
     
    he / she / it extricates
    BrE BrE//ˈekstrɪkeɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈekstrɪkeɪts//
     
    past simple extricated
    BrE BrE//ˈekstrɪkeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈekstrɪkeɪtɪd//
     
    past participle extricated
    BrE BrE//ˈekstrɪkeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈekstrɪkeɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form extricating
    BrE BrE//ˈekstrɪkeɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈekstrɪkeɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1extricate somebody/something/yourself (from something) to escape or enable somebody to escape from a difficult situation He had managed to extricate himself from most of his official duties.
  2. 2extricate somebody/something/yourself (from something) to free somebody/something or yourself from a place where they/it or you are trapped They managed to extricate the pilot from the tangled control panel.
  3. Word Origin early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘unravel, untangle’): from Latin extricat- ‘unravelled’, from the verb extricare, from ex- ‘out’ + tricae ‘perplexities’.
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