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extricate Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb release from entanglement of difficulty
    untangle; disencumber; disentangle.
    • I cannot extricate myself from this task

Ex"tri*cate transitive verb
L. extricatus, p. p. of extricare to extricate; ex out + tricae trifles, impediments, perplexities. Cf. Intricate.
imperfect & past participle Extricated; present participle & verbal noun Extricating
  1. To free, as from difficulties or perplexities; to disentangle; to disembarrass; as, to extricate a person from debt, peril, etc.
    We had now extricated ourselves from the various labyrinths and defiles. Eustance.
  2. To cause to be emitted or evolved; as, to extricate heat or moisture. Syn. -- To disentangle; disembarrass; disengage; relieve; evolve; set free; liberate.

Webster 1913