tr.v. ex·tri·cat·ed, ex·tri·cat·ing, ex·tri·cates
To release from an entanglement or difficulty; disengage.
[Latin extrīcāre, extrīcāt- : ex-, ex- + trīcae, hindrances, perplexities.]
extri·ca·ble (-kə-bəl) adj.
Synonyms: extricate, disengage, disentangle, untangle
These verbs mean to free from something that entangles: extricated herself from an embarrassing situation; disengaged his attention from the television; sought to disentangle fact from fiction in the account; lawyers tasked with untangling the corporation's financial dealings.
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