verb ex·tract \ik-ˈstrakt, oftenest in sense 5 ˈek-ˌ\

: to remove (something) by pulling it out or cutting it out

: to get (information, a response, etc.) from someone who does not want to give it

: to get (something, such as information) from something

Full Definition of EXTRACT

transitive verb
a :  to draw forth (as by research) <extract data>
b :  to pull or take out forcibly <extracted a wisdom tooth>
c :  to obtain by much effort from someone unwilling <extracted a confession>
a :  to withdraw (as a juice or fraction) by physical or chemical process
b :  to treat with a solvent so as to remove a soluble substance
:  to separate (a metal) from an ore
:  to determine (a mathematical root) by calculation
:  to select (excerpts) and copy out or cite
ex·tract·abil·i·ty \ik-ˌstrak-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē, (ˌ)ek-\ noun
ex·tract·able \ik-ˈstrak-tə-bəl, ˈek-ˌ\ adjective

Examples of EXTRACT

  1. He extracted a credit card from his wallet.
  2. I had to have a tooth extracted.
  3. The tumor was surgically extracted.
  4. We finally extracted a confession from him.
  5. Investigators were able to extract useful information from the company's financial records.
  6. They are hoping to extract new insights from the test results.
  7. The machines extract the juice from the apples.
  8. oil extracted from sunflower seeds
  9. venom extracted from poisonous snakes

Origin of EXTRACT

Middle English, from Latin extractus, past participle of extrahere, from ex- + trahere to draw
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to EXTRACT

Other Chemical Engineering Terms

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noun ex·tract \ˈek-ˌstrakt\

: a substance that you get from something by using a machine or chemicals

: a short piece of writing that is taken from a longer work (such as a book)

Full Definition of EXTRACT

:  a selection from a writing or discourse :  excerpt
:  a product (as an essence or concentrate) prepared by extracting; especially :  a solution (as in alcohol) of essential constituents of a complex material (as meat or an aromatic plant)

Examples of EXTRACT

  1. The recipe calls for a tablespoon of vanilla extract.
  2. <the anthology includes a long extract from the epic poem>

First Known Use of EXTRACT

15th century

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel


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