1. a passage or quotation taken or selected from a book, document, film, or the like; extract.

verb (used with object)

  1. to take or select (a passage) from a book, film, or the like; extract.
  2. to take or select passages from (a book, film, or the like); abridge by choosing representative sections.

noun (ˈɛksɜːpt)

  1. a part or passage taken from a book, speech, play, etc, and considered on its own; extract

verb (ɛkˈsɜːpt)

  1. (tr) to take (a part or passage) from a book, speech, play, etc

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.


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

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