from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To release from an entanglement or difficulty; disengage.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To disentangle; disengage; free: as, to extricate one from a perilous or embarrassing situation; to extricate one's self from debt.
  • To set loose or free; evolve; excrete.
  • Synonyms Disentangle, etc. (see disengage); relieve, deliver, set free.
  • In entomology, extruded: applied to the ovipositor when the valves and vagina are entirely without the body, whether in use or not, as in many Ichneumonidæ.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To free, as from difficulties or perplexities; to disentangle; to disembarrass
  • transitive verb To cause to be emitted or evolved.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To free, disengage, loosen, or untangle.
  • verb rare To free from intricacies or perplexity

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb release from entanglement of difficulty


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin extrīcāre, extrīcāt- : ex-, ex- + trīcae, hindrances, perplexities.]

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From Latin extricatus, past participle of extricō.



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