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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.
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.
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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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The publication rate of abstracts from the 4th Park City Pediatric Rheumatology meeting in peer-reviewed journals: what factors influenced publication?
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APHA is now soliciting abstracts from those who are interested in presenting at the Association's 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans.
Abstracts that originated from a single center were common (60%) in comparison to the abstracts from at least two centers in same country (21.1%) or multi-national centers (18.9%).
Usually it is a flat PDF file, and we go through and extract all the abstracts from it.
The abstract library contains abstracts from Transactions published 1960-1993, Die Casting Engineer from 1960-1997 and select research reports.
The service has been launched with over 300 abstracts from three conferences and can be accessed free of charge from the BioMed Central home page (http://www.biomedcentral.com).
The Academy's Web site provides table of contents and abstracts from 1992 to the present.
Currently, over 2,400 abstracts from over 150 journals are in the database, and updates will be supplied to CatchWord regularly.
A more "linguistic" approach was used by Salager-Meyer (1991), who analyzed a sample of medical abstracts from this perspective, finding almost half to be "poorly structured" (i.e., having discoursal deficiency).
Whe Koren's group compared the rejected abstracts from both categories, they found that researchers conducting the negative studies (those finding no link between health problems and maternal cocaine use) were more likely to verify cocaine use and to include a large control group.
One such study compared abstracts from high-impact medical journals to the corresponding full-text article and found numerous errors and/or omissions [5], which is consistent with more recent studies [12].
The database also provides article abstracts from publications as far back as 1984 and index citations as far back as 1982, from over 2,200 publications in total.
Abstracts from the structured abstract set (938,772 records) had an average of about 57 more words than abstracts from the entire MEDLINE set (5,483,473 records).