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[noun ek-surpt; verb ik-surpt, ek-surpt]
  1. a passage or quotation taken or selected from a book, document, film, or the like; extract.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to take or select (a passage) from a book, film, or the like; extract.
  2. to take or select passages from (a book, film, or the like); abridge by choosing representative sections.
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Origin of excerpt

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin excerptus (past participle of excerpere to pick out, pluck out), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + -cerp- (combining form of carpere to pluck) + -tus past participle suffix
Related formsex·cerpt·er, ex·cerp·tor, nounex·cerpt·i·ble, adjectiveex·cerp·tion, nounun·ex·cerpt·ed, adjective


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British Dictionary definitions for excerption


noun (ˈɛksɜːpt)
  1. a part or passage taken from a book, speech, play, etc, and considered on its own; extract
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verb (ɛkˈsɜːpt)
  1. (tr) to take (a part or passage) from a book, speech, play, etc
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Derived Formsexcerptor, nounexcerptible, adjectiveexcerption, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin excerptum, literally: (something) picked out, from excerpere to select, from carpere to pluck
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Word Origin and History for excerption



early 15c. (implied in excerpte), from Latin excerptus, past participle of excerpere "pluck out, pick out, extract, excerpt," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + carpere "pluck, gather," from PIE *kerp- "to gather, pluck, harvest" (see harvest (n.)). Related: Excerpted; excerpting.

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1630s, from Latin excerptum "an extract, selection," noun use of neuter past participle of excerpere (see excerpt (v.)). Related: excerpts.

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