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extract

verb [T] uk   /ɪkˈstrækt/ us  
B2 to remove or take out something: They used to extract iron ore from this site. The oil which is extracted from olives is used for cooking. The tooth was eventually extracted.Mining and quarryingRemoving and extractingIndustrial processing to make someone give you something when they do not want to: After much persuasion they managed to extract the information from him.Taking things away from someone or somewhereRemoving and getting rid of things

extract

noun uk   /ˈek.strækt/ us  

extract noun (PLANT)

[C or U] a substance taken from a plant, flower, etc. and used especially in food or medicine: malt/yeast extract The cream contained extracts of/from several plants.Additives in food and drinks

extract noun (WRITING)

B2 [C] a particular part of a book, poem, etc. that is chosen so that it can be used in a discussion, article, etc.: They published an extract from his autobiography.Books and parts of books
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