extricate

[ ek-stri-keyt ]
/ ˈɛk strɪˌkeɪt /

verb (used with object), ex·tri·cat·ed, ex·tri·cat·ing.

to free or release from entanglement; disengage: to extricate someone from a dangerous situation.
to liberate (gas) from combination, as in a chemical process.

Origin of extricate

1605–15; < Latin extricātus (past participle of extricāre), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + tric(ae) perplexities + -ātus -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM extricate

ex·tri·ca·tion, nounnon·ex·tri·ca·tion, nounun·ex·tri·cat·ed, adjective
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extricate
/ (ˈɛkstrɪˌkeɪt) /

verb (tr)

to remove or free from complication, hindrance, or difficulty; disentangle

Derived forms of extricate

extricable, adjectiveextrication, noun

Word Origin for extricate

C17: from Latin extrīcāre to disentangle, from ex- 1 + trīcae trifles, vexations

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