Other forms: extracts; extracted; extracting

When you extract something, you remove it from a larger whole. You can extract a passage from a book, or a liquid essence from a vanilla bean—vanilla extract.

Ex- means out of, and when you extract, you draw something out of something else. When listening to a complicated and long-winded story, it can be difficult to extract the truly meaningful details.

Definitions of extract
  1. verb
    remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense
    extract a bad tooth”
    extract information from the telegram”
    synonyms: draw out, pull, pull out, pull up, take out
    draw, get out, pull, pull out, take out
    bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover
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    squeeze out, wring out
    extract (liquid) by squeezing or pressing
    extract information from a modulated carrier wave
    remove facial hair by tying a fine string around it and pulling at the string
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    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  2. verb
    extract by the process of distillation
    synonyms: distil, distill
    distil, distill
    undergo the process of distillation
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    distill (alcohol) illegally; produce moonshine
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  3. verb
    separate (a metal) from an ore
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    type of:
    divide into components or constituents
  4. verb
    obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action
    synonyms: express, press out
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    squeeze the juice out (of a fruit) with a reamer
    type of:
    acquire, get
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  5. verb
    get despite difficulties or obstacles
    “I extracted a promise from the Dean for two new positions”
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    type of:
    come into possession of
  6. verb
    take out of a literary work in order to cite or copy
    synonyms: excerpt, take out
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    type of:
    choose, pick out, select, take
    pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
  7. verb
    deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning)
    synonyms: draw out, educe, elicit, evoke
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    construe, interpret, see
    make sense of; assign a meaning to
  8. verb
    calculate the root of a number
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    type of:
    calculate, cipher, compute, cypher, figure, reckon, work out
    make a mathematical calculation or computation
Definitions of extract
  1. noun
    a solution obtained by steeping or soaking a substance (usually in water)
    synonyms: infusion
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    Bovril, beef tea
    an extract of beef (given to people who are ill)
    black catechu, catechu
    extract of the heartwood of Acacia catechu used for dyeing and tanning and preserving fishnets and sails; formerly used medicinally
    extract from the pancreas of animals that contains pancreatic enzymes; used to treat pancreatitis and other conditions involving insufficient pancreatic secretions
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    a homogeneous mixture of two or more substances; frequently (but not necessarily) a liquid solution
  2. noun
    a passage selected from a larger work
    synonyms: excerpt, excerption, selection
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    a short selection from the Prophets read on every Sabbath in a Jewish synagogue following a reading from the Torah
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    a selection of passages from different authors that is compiled as an aid in learning a language
    analecta, analects
    a collection of excerpts from a literary work
    clipping, cutting, newspaper clipping, press clipping, press cutting
    an excerpt cut from a newspaper or magazine
    cut, track
    a distinct selection of music from a recording or a compact disc
    citation, quotation, quote
    a passage or expression that is quoted or cited
    a quotation at the beginning of some piece of writing
    the representation of another person's words in a speech
    misquotation, misquote
    an incorrect quotation
    type of:
    a section of text; particularly a section of medium length
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