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[dih-duhkt] /dɪˈdʌkt/
verb (used with object)
to take away, as from a sum or amount:
Once you deduct your expenses, there is nothing left.
verb (used without object)
detract; abate (usually followed by from):
The rocky soil deducts from the value of his property.
Origin of deduct
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin dēductus brought down, withdrawn, past participle of dēdūcere; see deduce
Related forms
prededuct, verb (used with object)
undeducted, adjective
Can be confused
deduce, deduct.
add. Unabridged
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  • The tire cost is deducted in figuring the interest charges because this item is covered under running expenses.

    Motor Truck Logging Methods Frederick Malcolm Knapp
  • What is the conclusion to be deducted from your own statements?

    Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson
  • We have ascertained the exact value of the treasure, and have deducted for our expense and trouble.

  • Nothing else can be deducted from their argumentation, and this is what we maintain ourselves.

    The Conquest of Bread Peter Kropotkin
  • But this does not forfeit his wages, though any loss or damage to the owner may be deducted.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • The total to be deducted for the four strings will not exceed three ounces.

    The Violin George Hart
British Dictionary definitions for deducted


(transitive) to take away or subtract (a number, quantity, part, etc): income tax is deducted from one's wages
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dēductus, past participle of dēdūcere to deduce
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Word Origin and History for deducted



early 15c., from Latin deductus, past participle of deducere "lead down, bring away;" see deduce, with which it formerly was interchangeable. Technically, deduct refers to taking away portions or amounts; subtract to taking away numbers. Related: Deducted; deducting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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