[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. extremities,
  2. extremity,
  3. extremophile,
  4. extremum,
  5. extricable,
  6. extrication,
  7. extrinsic,
  8. extrinsic allergic alveolitis,
  9. extrinsic eye muscle,
  10. extrinsic factor

Origin of extricate

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

Related formsex·tri·ca·tion, nounnon·ex·tri·ca·tion, nounun·ex·tri·cat·ed, adjective

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/ (ˈɛkstrɪˌkeɪt) /

verb (tr)

to remove or free from complication, hindrance, or difficulty; disentangle
Derived Formsextricable, adjectiveextrication, noun

Word Origin for extricate

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


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Word Origin and History for extricate



1610s, from Latin extricatus, past participle of extricare "disentangle," perhaps from ex- "out of" + tricae (plural) "perplexities, hindrances," of unknown origin. Related: Extricated; extricating.

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