Definition of excerpt in English:

excerpt

Syllabification: ex·cerpt

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈekˌsərpt
 
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A short extract from a film, broadcast, or piece of music or writing.
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  • The soundtrack section plays short excerpts of the music, which should get a lot of credit for establishing the mood of the film.
  • He'd only read small excerpts from her previous writing, and she was still in the process of entering her prime.
  • Her ‘reading list’ includes magazine articles, excerpts from books, film clips, recorded music, and cartoons.
Synonyms
extract, part, section, piece, portion, snippet, clip, bit, sample;

verb

Pronunciation: /ikˈsərpt
 
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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.
Synonyms
quote, extract, cite
1.1Take an excerpt or excerpts from (a text).
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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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

excerptible

Pronunciation: /ekˈsərptəbəl, ik-/
adjective

excerption

Pronunciation: /ekˈsərpSHən, ik-/
noun
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  • Thank you.… where your Honour sees three excerptions from the relevant provisions.

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