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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of extricare, from tricae 'small difficulties'


ex‧tri‧cate [transitive]
1 to escape from a difficult or embarrassing situation, or to help someone escape
extricate yourself/somebody from something
How was he going to extricate himself from this situation?
2 to remove someone from a place in which they are trapped
extricate somebody/yourself from something
Firemen had to extricate the driver from the wreckage.

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