[ verb ik-strakt or, especially for 5, ek-strakt; noun ek-strakt ]
/ verb ɪkˈstrækt or, especially for 5, ˈɛk strækt; noun ˈɛk strækt /
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Origin of extract

First recorded in 1475–1500; from Latin extractus (past participle of extrahere ). See ex-1, tract1

synonym study for extract

6. Extract, exact, extort, wrest imply using force to remove something. To extract is to draw forth something as by pulling, importuning, or the like: to extract a confession by torture. To exact is to impose a penalty, or to obtain by force or authority, something to which one lays claim: to exact payment. To extort is to wring something by intimidation or threats from an unwilling person: to extort money by threats of blackmail. To wrest is to take by force or violence in spite of active resistance: The courageous minority wrested power from their oppressors.


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British Dictionary definitions for extract


verb (ɪkˈstrækt) (tr)
noun (ˈɛkstrækt)

Derived forms of extract

extractable, adjectiveextractability, noun

Word Origin for extract

C15: from Latin extractus drawn forth, from extrahere, from trahere to drag

usage for extract

Extract is sometimes wrongly used where extricate would be better: he will find it difficult extricating (not extracting) himself from this situation
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Medical definitions for extract

[ ĭk-străkt ]

To draw or pull out, using force or effort.
To obtain from a substance by chemical or mechanical action, as by pressure, distillation, or evaporation.
To remove for separate consideration or publication; excerpt.
To determine or calculate the root of a number.
A concentrated preparation of a drug obtained by removing the active constituents of the drug with suitable solvents, evaporating all or nearly all of the solvent, and adjusting the residual mass or powder to the prescribed standard.
A preparation of the essential constituents of a food or a flavoring; a concentrate.

Other words from extract

ex•tracta•ble null adj.ex•tractor n.
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