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excerpt

[n. ek-surpt; v. ik-surpt, ek-surpt] /n. ˈɛk sɜrpt; v. ɪkˈsɜrpt, ˈɛk sɜrpt/
noun
1.
a passage or quotation taken or selected from a book, document, film, or the like; extract.
verb (used with object)
2.
to take or select (a passage) from a book, film, or the like; extract.
3.
to take or select passages from (a book, film, or the like); abridge by choosing representative sections.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin excerptus (past participle of excerpere to pick out, pluck out), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + -cerp- (combining form of carpere to pluck) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
excerpter, excerptor, noun
excerptible, adjective
excerption, noun
unexcerpted, adjective
Synonyms
1. selection, portion, section, part.
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Examples for excerpted
  • If you are sending excerpted comments from your written student evaluations, explain how you have selected the excerpts.
  • The example below is excerpted from the university's own website.
  • What follows is excerpted from her interviews with them.
  • Their stories are excerpted from tape-recorded interviews written in poetic format.
  • Their illuminating and provocative dialogue is excerpted below.
British Dictionary definitions for excerpted

excerpt

noun (ˈɛksɜːpt)
1.
a part or passage taken from a book, speech, play, etc, and considered on its own; extract
verb (ɛkˈsɜːpt)
2.
(transitive) to take (a part or passage) from a book, speech, play, etc
Derived Forms
excerptor, noun
excerptible, adjective
excerption, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin excerptum, literally: (something) picked out, from excerpere to select, from carpere to pluck
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Word Origin and History for excerpted

excerpt

v.

early 15c. (implied in excerpte), from Latin excerptus, past participle of excerpere "pluck out, pick out, extract, excerpt," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + carpere "pluck, gather," from PIE *kerp- "to gather, pluck, harvest" (see harvest (n.)). Related: Excerpted; excerpting.

n.

1630s, from Latin excerptum "an extract, selection," noun use of neuter past participle of excerpere (see excerpt (v.)). Related: excerpts.

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