abstract (something) from (something or some place)

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abstract (something) from (something or some place)

1. To take something without permission. Despite all of the company's security measures, hackers abstracted classified information from the server. The crook abstracted the tip jar from the coffee shop when the cashier wasn't looking. Look at the security footage—someone abstracted the packages from the front porch!
2. To extract key information from a longer document or text. I had to abstract all of the relevant information from that lengthy report and then present it to management. Just follow the highlighting—I already abstracted the most important information from the chapter. The first step is to abstract the most salient information from the article.
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abstract something from someone or something

to steal something from someone or something. (Formal.) The officer was found guilty of abstracting a rather large amount of money from the company.
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abstract something from something

to take the important information from a longer document; to extract the essentials or the gist from a piece of complicated writing. Can you abstract a shorter article from this material?
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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