|1.||to withdraw, pull out, or uproot by force|
|2.||to remove or separate|
|3.||to derive (pleasure, information, etc) from some source or situation|
|4.||to deduce or develop (a doctrine, policy, etc)|
|5.||informal to extort (money, etc)|
|6.||to obtain (a substance) from a mixture or material by a chemical or physical process, such as digestion, distillation, the action of a solvent, or mechanical separation|
|7.||to cut out or copy out (an article, passage, quotation, etc) from a publication|
|8.||to determine the value of (the root of a number)|
|9.||something extracted, such as a part or passage from a book, speech, etc|
|10.||a preparation containing the active principle or concentrated essence of a material: beef extract; yeast extract|
|11.||pharmacol a solution of plant or animal tissue containing the active principle|
|[C15: from Latin extractus drawn forth, from extrahere, from trahere to drag]|
|usage Extract is sometimes wrongly used where extricate would be better: he will find it difficult extricating (not extracting) himself from this situation|
extract ex·tract (ĭk-strākt')
v. ex·tract·ed, ex·tract·ing, ex·tracts
To draw or pull out, using force or effort.
To obtain from a substance by chemical or mechanical action, as by pressure, distillation, or evaporation.
To remove for separate consideration or publication; excerpt.
To determine or calculate the root of a number.
A concentrated preparation of a drug obtained by removing the active constituents of the drug with suitable solvents, evaporating all or nearly all of the solvent, and adjusting the residual mass or powder to the prescribed standard.
A preparation of the essential constituents of a food or a flavoring; a concentrate.