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extract

verb [T]
 
 
/ɪkˈstrækt/
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.
(Definition of extract verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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