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verb [transitive] extract pronunciation in American English /ɪkˈstrækt/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participleextracting
past tenseextracted
past participleextracted

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  1. 1
    formal to remove something from a particular place

    He opened a drawer and extracted a file.

    1. a.
      to remove a substance from another substance

      The pulp was crushed to extract the juice.

      extract something from something:

      a method of extracting sulfur from copper ore

  2. 2
    to get something from someone who does not want to give it to you

    The army uses force to extract confessions.

    extract something from someone:

    It is not easy to extract information from the Senator.

    extract a promise/concession:

    She managed to extract a promise of support from her employers.

    1. a.
      to get the exact information that you need from a lot of information that you have
      extract something from something:

      Our data is extracted from the project records.


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