1 draw or pull (out), remove, withdraw, pluck or take out, draw forth, extricate:
The dentist extracted two teeth. I extracted some important papers from your waste-paper basket.
2 draw, derive, deduce, develop, glean, extricate, distil, get, obtain:
I could extract little sense from her ramblings.
3 wrench, wring, wrest, extort, draw (forth), evoke, elicit, extricate, winkle out, worm (out), prise (out), force (out):
Using torture, they finally extracted a confession from him. She extracted money from her victims by threatening to tell their wives.
4 copy, quote, cite, abstract, select, choose, glean, cull:
We extracted useful material from some old encyclopedias.
5 concentrate, distillate, essence, distillation, quintessence, concentration, extraction, decoction:
We boiled off the water and used the extract as a salve.
6 excerpt, abstract, quotation, citation, clipping, cutting, passage, selection:
Extracts from other works are printed in smaller type.
1 passage from a book/piece of music
brief, short | long | literary
VERB + EXTRACT
read | publish
EXTRACT + VERB
be from, be taken from
The extract is taken from a long essay.
He read out a brief extract from his book.
2 substance taken from another substance
conditioners made from natural plant extracts
| herbal, malt, meat, plant, vanilla, yeast
Add a few drops of vanilla extract.
extract of apricot
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