Extract vs extract

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Extract and extract  are two words that are spelled identically but are pronounced differently and have different meanings, which makes them heteronyms. We will examine the definitions of the words extract and extract, where these words came from, and a few examples of their use in sentences. 

Extract (ex TRACKT) is a verb that means to remove or obtain something through force; to distill or otherwise separate a substance from its source; to distill an idea from a large body of information; or to choose a short excerpt from a book, play, or musical composition. The verb extract is derived from the Latin word, extraher, which means to pull out. Related words are extracts, extracted, extracting, extraction.

Extract (EX trackt) is a noun that means a concentrated liquid that has been distilled or otherwise separated from its source; for instance, vanilla extract is a liquid that contains the concentrated flavor and aroma of the vanilla bean. Extract may also mean a short excerpt from a book, play, or musical composition. The word extract is derived from the Latin word, extractum; the plural form of extract is extracts.


Nigeria’s drive to attract foreign capital faces stiff competition from the likes of Saudi Arabia, Russia and Angola, which also want to extract more crude while there’s still demand. (Washington Post)

The team noticed the behaviour in two wild cockatoos, who crafted tools from tree branches and used them to extract seed matter from sea mangoes, a tropical fruit. (The Guardian)

Each four capsule serving of Shroom Tech SPORT contains 1.2g of cordyceps and 930mg of an adaptogen blend consisting of ashwagandha, green tea leaf extract, rhodiola, and astragalus root extract, making it one of the more powerful medicinal mushroom formulas on our list. (Everett Herald)

Palmetto extract: This extract can be used to balance testosterone and hormone activity in men’s bodies. (Chiang Rai Times)