Definition of “extract” - English Dictionary

“extract” in British English

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extractverb [ T ]

uk /ɪkˈstrækt/ us /ɪkˈstrækt/

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.

to make someone give you something when they do not want to:

After much persuasion they managed to extract the information from him.

More examples

  • At the nuclear reprocessing plant they extract plutonium from spent atomic fuel rods.
  • A refining process is used to extract usable fuel from crude oil.
  • The doctor succeeded in extracting the peanut from Jack's nose.
  • Essential oils are extracted from flower, leaves, fruits and all kinds of different plants.
  • They extract the oil from the seeds for use in cooking and manufacturing.

extractnoun

uk /ˈek.strækt/ us /ˈek.strækt/

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.

More examples

  • Add half a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the bowl and mix well.
  • Our products contain a range of beneficial plant extracts.
  • The extract from this herb has many medicinal properties.
  • Garlic extract has been shown to boost the immune system.
  • The malt extract in this recipe gives it extra flavour.

(Definition of “extract” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“extract” in American English

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extractverb [ T ]

us /ɪkˈstrækt/

to remove or take out something:

The dentist had to extract one of Miguel’s teeth.

extract noun (TEXT)

writing /ˈek·strækt/ [ C ] a small part of a book or other piece of writing that is published separately:

The newspaper printed extracts from the court documents.

extract noun (SUBSTANCE)

us /ˈek·strækt/ [ C/U ] a substance removed from another substance, often a food, and containing a basic quality or flavor:

[ U ] vanilla extract

(Definition of “extract” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“extract” in Business English

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extractverb [ T ]

uk /ɪkˈstrækt/ us

NATURAL RESOURCES to remove a substance from the ground or from another substance:

In this area brown coal is extracted in open pits.
extract sth from sth Ethanol can be extracted from potatoes, switchgrass, garbage, and timber waste.

to get something, such as information or money, from someone, especially when they do not want to give it:

The proposed law would allow unions to extract fees from non-union workers for services that unions provide.
extract a promise He managed to extract a promise from the board that his department would not be subject to cuts.

to get a piece of information from a book, document, computer file, etc.:

The website itself does not automatically extract any information from users or about user behaviour.

extractnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈekstrækt/ us

a small part that has been taken from a book, document, computer file, etc.:

extract from sth In addition to its news, sport, and business coverage, the online version of the paper includes extracts from the weekend magazine.

NATURAL RESOURCES a substance that has been got from another substance, using a particular process:

medicinal plant extracts

(Definition of “extract” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)