extricate - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] formal 

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present tense
present participleextricating
past tenseextricated
past participleextricated
  1. 1
    to get someone out of a difficult or unpleasant situation
    extricate someone/yourself (from something):

    Pete had managed to extricate himself from a very embarrassing situation.

  2. 2
    to get someone or something out of a place, when this is difficult or dangerous
    extricate someone/something from something:

    It took two hours to extricate him from the rubble.