excerpt from

excerpt from (something)

To use a passage from or section of something, often a text. A noun or pronoun can be used between "excerpt" and 'from." I'm planning to excerpt this section from Hamlet in my term paper so that the professor can see my close reading of it.
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excerpt something from something

to select a part of something from the whole. We excerpted a few short scenes from the play and performed them for the class. A few paragraphs had been excerpted from the film as an example.
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and he read an excerpt from the closely written page:
As usual the first page I turned to was the "Departments" section on page 4 to decide on which article I would read first and, to my delight, Between the Covers promised an excerpt from Murray Brewster's book The Savage War.
An exclusive excerpt from "Incendiary," a forthcoming documentary about the Cameron Todd Willingham case.
Dusan Dusek: excerpt from Peso do Neba (Walking to Heaven) [c] 2000 by Dusan Dusek.
Finally, the US Environmental Protection Agency discusses animal disease and agro-terrorism in a excerpt from an undated (probably for security reasons) of a Homeland Security Research Document.
It also includes an excerpt from Richard Eothstein's book Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap (Teachers College Press, 2004.
Rap Brown, and pulls right up to the present day with a presidential campaign speech by the Reverend Al Sharpton and an excerpt from a Spike Lee script.
Derived from the stylistic essences of Chinese script, the excerpt from Upon Calligraphy, choreographed by Liu Qi for Guangdong Modern Dance Company's 12 fine dancers, emphasizes graceful curves intermingled with solid interlocking angles and lines.
The excerpt from Company A's annual report was rated slightly higher than Company B's on the factors of conciseness, use of everyday words, positive tone, sentence length, active voice, personal pronouns, and strong verbs.
An excerpt from Congressman John Louis's autobiography Walking with the Wind in included--"Bloody Sunday" about the march on Selma.
Here is an excerpt from Mayor James Hahn's letter to District Attorney Steve Cooley:
The following is an excerpt from the panel discussions.
In her show at Mother, Martha demonstrates this in an excerpt from Phaedra when she contracts her pelvis to beckon Playgirl centerfold Reid Hutchins, who sports only a jockstrap with a '50s hood ornament protruding in front.
The third section of this volume, which is of a higher visual quality, consists of interpretations of the Harlem Renaissance from excerpts of autobiographical and historical sketches by writers such as Langston Hughes, whose excerpt from The Big Sea discusses the public's response to his collection of poems Fine Clothes to the Jew, which received accolades from literary magazines and the white press but harsh criticism from black critics.
excerpt from the slave auction cataloque, which offers evidence of the names, jobs, and prices asked for slaves;