WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
ex•tri•cate /ˈɛkstrɪˌkeɪt/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], -cat•ed, -cat•ing. 
  1. to free or release from something that tangles or traps;
    disengage:The fox tried desperately to extricate himself from the trap.
ex•tri•ca•tion, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
ex•tri•cate  (ekstri kāt′),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -cat•ed, -cat•ing. 
  1. to free or release from entanglement;
    disengage:to extricate someone from a dangerous situation.
  2. Chemistryto liberate (gas) from combination, as in a chemical process.
ex′tri•cation, n. 
  • Latin extricātus (past participle of extricāre), equivalent. to ex- ex-1 + tric(ae) perplexities + -ātus -ate1
  • 1605–15
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged loose, rescue, deliver, save, recover.

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extricate /ˈɛkstrɪˌkeɪt/ vb (transitive)
  1. to remove or free from complication, hindrance, or difficulty; disentangle
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin extrīcāre to disentangle, from ex-1 + trīcae trifles, vexations

ˈextricable adj ˌextriˈcation n USAGE

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