[noun ek-surpt; verb ik-surpt, ek-surpt]
a passage or quotation taken or selected from a book, document, film, or the like; extract.
verb (used with object)
to take or select (a passage) from a book, film, or the like; extract.
to take or select passages from (a book, film, or the like); abridge by choosing representative sections.
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
Synonyms for excerpt
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a part or passage taken from a book, speech, play, etc, and considered on its own; extract
(tr) to take (a part or passage) from a book, speech, play, etc
Word Origin for excerpt
C17: from Latin excerptum, literally: (something) picked out, from excerpere to select, from carpere to pluck
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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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