(noun, verb)


1. a solution obtained by steeping or soaking a substance (usually in water)

Similar word(s): infusion

Definition categories: substance, solution

2. a passage selected from a larger work

Similar word(s): excerpt, excerption, selection

Definition categories: communication, passage


1. remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense

- extract a bad tooth

- extract information from the telegram

Similar word(s): pull

Definition categories: contact, remove, take, withdraw

2. get despite difficulties or obstacles

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

Definition categories: possession, obtain

3. deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning)

Similar word(s): educe, elicit, evoke

Definition categories: creation, construe, interpret, see

4. extract by the process of distillation

Similar word(s): distil, distill

Definition categories: change, create, make

5. separate (a metal) from an ore

Definition categories: contact, separate

6. obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action

Similar word(s): express

Definition categories: contact, acquire, get

7. take out of a literary work in order to cite or copy

Similar word(s): excerpt

Definition categories: cognition, choose, select, take

8. calculate the root of a number

Definition categories: cognition, calculate, cipher, compute, cypher, figure, reckon

Sentences with extract as a verb:

- to extract a tooth from its socket, a stump from the earth, or a splinter from the finger

- to extract an essential oil from a plant

- Please extract the cube root of 27.