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Definition of "extract" []

  • To draw or pull out, often with great force or effort: extract a wisdom tooth; used tweezers to extract the splinter. (verb-transitive)
  • To obtain despite resistance: extract a promise. (verb-transitive)
  • To obtain from a substance by chemical or mechanical action, as by pressure, distillation, or evaporation. (verb-transitive)
  • To remove for separate consideration or publication; excerpt. (verb-transitive)
  • To derive or obtain (information, for example) from a source. (verb-transitive)
  • To withdraw, pull out, or uproot by force (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To remove or separate (verb)
  • To derive (pleasure, information, etc) from some source or situation (verb)
  • To deduce or develop (a doctrine, policy, etc) (verb)
  • To extort (money, etc) (verb)
  • To obtain (a substance) from a mixture or material by a chemical or physical process, such as digestion, distillation, the action of a solvent, or mechanical separation (verb)
  • To cut out or copy out (an article, passage, quotation, etc) from a publication (verb)
  • To determine the value of (the root of a number) (verb)
  • Something extracted, such as a part or passage from a book, speech, etc (noun)
  • A preparation containing the active principle or concentrated essence of a material (noun)
  • A solution of plant or animal tissue containing the active principle (noun)

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Use "extract" in a sentence
  • "To increase the intoxicating quality of beer, the deleterious vegetable substance, called _cocculus indicus_, and the extract of this poisonous berry, technically called _black extract_, or, by some, _hard multum_, are employed."
  • "# Untar the most recent release my $extract = $dist - > latest - > extract;"
  • "The results were really striking so even if my extract is at full strength next time I might still use all the extra beans."