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"extraction" in British English

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extractionnoun

uk   /ɪkˈstræk.ʃən/ us   /ɪkˈstræk.ʃən/
[U] the process of removing something, especially by force: The extraction of minerals has damaged the countryside.
[C] specialized medical the process of removing a tooth: She had two extractions.
be of French, German, Chinese, etc. extraction
to be from a family that originally came from another country
(Definition of extraction from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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extractionnoun [C/U]

us   /ɪkˈstræk·ʃən/
the process of removing or taking out something: [C] a tooth extraction
If you say that a person is of a particular extraction, you mean that the person originally came from the stated nation or country: [U] She is of Korean extraction.
(Definition of extraction from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"extraction" in Business English

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extractionnoun [U]

uk   /ɪkˈstrækʃən/ us  
PRODUCTION, NATURAL RESOURCES the process of removing a substance from the ground or from another substance: The local economy is overwhelmingly dependent on oil and gas extraction. Hard-rock mining refers to the excavation and extraction of hard minerals such as those containing metals such as gold, or gems such as diamonds.
(Definition of extraction from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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