Extract - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈekstrækt|  American pronunciation of the word extract
Brit.  |ˈekstrækt|  British pronunciation of the word extract


- a solution obtained by steeping or soaking a substance (usually in water) (syn: infusion)
- a passage selected from a larger work (syn: excerpt, excerption, selection)


- remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense (syn: draw out, pull, pull out, pull up, rip out, take out, tear out)
extract a bad tooth
extract information from the telegram
- get despite difficulties or obstacles
I extracted a promise from the Dean for two new positions
- deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning) (syn: draw out, educe, elicit, evoke)
- extract by the process of distillation (syn: distil, distill)
- separate (a metal) from an ore
- obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action (syn: express, press out)
- take out of a literary work in order to cite or copy (syn: excerpt, take out)
- calculate the root of a number

Extra examples

He extracted a credit card from his wallet.

I had to have a tooth extracted.

The tumor was surgically extracted.

We finally extracted a confession from him.

Investigators were able to extract useful information from the company's financial records.

They are hoping to extract new insights from the test results.

The machines extract the juice from the apples.

The recipe calls for a tablespoon of vanilla extract.

...the anthology includes a long extract from the epic poem...

The doctor had to extract pieces of broken glass from the boy's eye.

He extracted a small notebook from his hip pocket.

Many valuable medicines are extracted from humble plants.

He made a mistake of trying to extract further information from our director.

Nothing could be extracted from him relative to his former associates.

He means to extract the utmost possible amount of pleasure out of this life.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: extract
he/she/it: extracts
present participle: extracting
past tense: extracted
past participle: extracted
singular: extract
plural: extracts
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