- to receive or obtain from a source or origin (usually followed by from).
- to trace from a source or origin: English words derived from German.
- to reach or obtain by reasoning; deduce; infer.
- Chemistry. to produce or obtain (a substance) from another.
- Grammar. to create (a new linguistic form) by adding affixes to or changing the shape of a root or base: The word “runner” is derived from “run.”
- to come from a source or origin; originate (often followed by from).
Origin of derive
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Examples from the Web for derived
The name Easter may, or may not, be derived from the Sumerian goddess Inanna, or Ishtar—the source of the Hebrew name Esther.Meet Krampus, the Seriously Bad Santa
December 5, 2014
He derived enormous satisfaction from some customers choosing to base the rest of their wardrobe around his socks.The Hot Designer Who Hates Fashion: VK Nagrani Triumphs His Own Way
December 1, 2014
In recent years, mindfulness meditation, which is derived from Buddhist Vipassana techniques, has exploded in popularity.Meditation Tips for the Easily Distracted
October 30, 2014
The term “gestation,” for instance, is derived from the Latin verb gestāre, used to describe a mammal carrying a burden.The Artificial Womb Will Change Feminism Forever
August 12, 2014
We worked really hard to make sure that the humor we got was derived from who those characters were.‘Phineas and Ferb’ Pilot Disney’s Premier Voyage into ‘Star Wars’
July 25, 2014
He underwent various operations, but derived only partial benefit from them.Handel
Edward J. Dent
The only philosophy of life is that derived from its science.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
It is known that Arimaxus was derived from a hole in the earth, made by a stroke of lightning.The Devil's Dictionary
I can foresee other objections, derived from topics which have not here been treated of.
In proportion as the union is incomplete, the derived life is imperfect.A Dish Of Orts
- (usually foll by from) to draw or be drawn (from) in source or origin; trace or be traced
- (tr) to obtain by reasoning; deduce; infer
- (tr) to trace the source or development of
- (usually foll by from) to produce or be produced (from) by a chemical reaction
- maths to obtain (a function) by differentiation
Word Origin and History for derived
late 14c., from Old French deriver "to flow, pour out; derive, originate," from Latin derivare "to lead or draw off (a stream of water) from its source" (in Late Latin also "to derive"), from phrase de rivo (de "from" + rivus "stream;" see rivulet). Etymological sense is 1550s. Related: Derived; deriving.
- To obtain or receive from a source.
- To produce or obtain a chemical compound from another substance by chemical reaction.