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Meaning & Definition of Extract in English

English

Extract

/ɛkstrækt/

noun

1. A solution obtained by steeping or soaking a substance (usually in water)

    synonym:
  • infusion
  • ,
  • extract

2. A passage selected from a larger work

  • "He presented excerpts from william james' philosophical writings"
    synonym:
  • excerpt
  • ,
  • excerption
  • ,
  • extract
  • ,
  • selection

verb

1. Remove, usually with some force or effort

  • Also used in an abstract sense
  • "Pull weeds"
  • "Extract a bad tooth"
  • "Take out a splinter"
  • "Extract information from the telegram"
    synonym:
  • extract
  • ,
  • pull out
  • ,
  • pull
  • ,
  • pull up
  • ,
  • take out
  • ,
  • draw out

2. Get despite difficulties or obstacles

  • "I extracted a promise from the dean for two new positions"
    synonym:
  • extract

3. Deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning)

  • "We drew out some interesting linguistic data from the native informant"
    synonym:
  • educe
  • ,
  • evoke
  • ,
  • elicit
  • ,
  • extract
  • ,
  • draw out

4. Extract by the process of distillation

  • "Distill the essence of this compound"
    synonym:
  • distill
  • ,
  • extract
  • ,
  • distil

5. Separate (a metal) from an ore

    synonym:
  • extract

6. Obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action

  • "Italians express coffee rather than filter it"
    synonym:
  • press out
  • ,
  • express
  • ,
  • extract

7. Take out of a literary work in order to cite or copy

    synonym:
  • excerpt
  • ,
  • extract
  • ,
  • take out

8. Calculate the root of a number

    synonym:
  • extract