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Definition 1: a passage selected from a larger work - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where extract or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he presented excerpts from William James' philosophical writings

Synonyms for extract in the sense of this definition

(extract is a kind of ...) a section of text; particularly a section of medium length

(... is a kind of extract ) a selection of passages from different authors that is compiled as an aid in learning a language

(... is a kind of extract ) a collection of excerpts from a literary work

(... is a kind of extract ) an excerpt cut from a newspaper or magazine

"he searched through piles of letters and clippings"

(... is a kind of extract ) a distinct selection of music from a recording or a compact disc

"he played the first cut on the cd" "the title track of the album"

(... is a kind of extract ) a passage or expression that is quoted or cited

(... is an instance of extract) a short selection from the Prophets read on every Sabbath in a Jewish synagogue following a reading from the Torah

Definition 2: a solution obtained by steeping or soaking a substance (usually in water) - [noun denoting substance]

Synonyms for extract in the sense of this definition

(extract is a kind of ...) a homogeneous mixture of two or more substances; frequently (but not necessarily) a liquid solution

"he used a solution of peroxide and water"

(... is a kind of extract ) an extract of beef (given to people who are ill)

(... is a kind of extract ) extract of the heartwood of Acacia catechu used for dyeing and tanning and preserving fishnets and sails; formerly used medicinally

(... is a kind of extract ) extract from the pancreas of animals that contains pancreatic enzymes; used to treat pancreatitis and other conditions involving insufficient pancreatic secretions

Definition 3: extract by the process of distillation - [verb of change]

Samples where extract or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • distill the essence of this compound

Synonyms for extract in the sense of this definition

(extract is a kind of ...) make or cause to be or to become

"make a mess in one's office" "create a furor"

(... is a kind of extract ) distill (alcohol) illegally; produce moonshine

(extract has a similar meaning as ...) undergo the process of distillation

(extract belongs to category ...) the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions

Definition 4: take out of a literary work in order to cite or copy - [verb of cognition]

Synonyms for extract in the sense of this definition

(extract is a kind of ...) pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

"Take any one of these cards" "Choose a good husband for your daughter" "She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her"

Definition 5: calculate the root of a number - [verb of cognition]

(extract is a kind of ...) make a mathematical calculation or computation

(extract belongs to category ...) a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement

Definition 6: remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense - [verb of contact]

Samples where extract or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • pull weeds
  • extract a bad tooth
  • take out a splinter
  • extract information from the telegram

Synonyms for extract in the sense of this definition

(extract is a kind of ...) remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

"remove a threat" "remove a wrapper" "Remove the dirty dishes from the table" "take the gun from your pocket" "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"

(... is a kind of extract ) extract (liquid) by squeezing or pressing

"wring out the washcloth"

(... is a kind of extract ) extract information from a modulated carrier wave

(... is a kind of extract ) remove facial hair by tying a fine string around it and pulling at the string

"She had her eyebrows threaded"

(extract has a similar meaning as ...) bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover

"draw a weapon" "pull out a gun" "The mugger pulled a knife on his victim"

Definition 7: obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action - [verb of contact]

Samples where extract or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Italians express coffee rather than filter it

Synonyms for extract in the sense of this definition

(extract is a kind of ...) come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

"She got a lot of paintings from her uncle" "They acquired a new pet" "Get your results the next day" "Get permission to take a few days off from work"

(... is a kind of extract ) squeeze the juice out (of a fruit) with a reamer

"ream oranges"

Definition 8: separate (a metal) from an ore - [verb of contact]

(extract is a kind of ...) divide into components or constituents

"Separate the wheat from the chaff"

(extract belongs to category ...) the act of extracting ores or coal etc from the earth

Definition 9: deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning) - [verb of creation]

Samples where extract or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We drew out some interesting linguistic data from the native informant

Synonyms for extract in the sense of this definition

(extract is a kind of ...) make sense of; assign a meaning to

"What message do you see in this letter?" "How do you interpret his behavior?"

Definition 10: get despite difficulties or obstacles - [verb of possession]

Samples where extract or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I extracted a promise from the Dean for two new positions

(extract is a kind of ...) come into possession of

"How did you obtain the visa?"

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