- 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.
- 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. Word Origin early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘unravel, untangle’): from Latin extricat-
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//