Definition of excerpt in English:


Line breaks: ex|cerpt


Pronunciation: /ˈɛksəːpt


Pronunciation: /ɪkˈsəːpt
, ɛk-/
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  • 1Take (a short extract) from a text: the notes are excerpted from his forthcoming biography
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    • This article is excerpted from the forthcoming premiere issue of the journal of Green Cross International, The Optimist.
    • The above is excerpted from a short poem I wrote about something that indeed happened to me in Prague.
    • This article is excerpted from their forthcoming book, Surviving Galeras, to be published this month by Houghton Mifflin.
  • 1.1Take an excerpt or excerpts from (a text): a book excerpted in this week’s Time magazine
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    • First, my favourite academic Mark Kaplan has added another blog to his roster, this one a Critical Dictionary excerpting informative texts to explain apparently difficult concepts in continental philosophy.
    • The good people at National Review Online have excerpted a chapter from Steven's book, dealing with the insurgents.
    • In a related side-note, I downloaded excerpted chapters from Zeldman's Web Standards Book.



Pronunciation: /-ˈsəːptɪb(ə)l/


Pronunciation: /-ˈsəːpʃ(ə)n/
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  • Thank you.… where your Honour sees three excerptions from the relevant provisions.


mid 16th century (as a verb): from Latin excerpt- 'plucked out', from the verb excerpere, from ex- 'out of' + carpere 'to pluck'.

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