- 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 deriving
“It is forbidden in Islam to ignore the reality of contemporary times when deriving legal rulings,” they argued.ISIS Jihadis Get ‘Slavery for Dummies’
December 9, 2014
The whole point of deriving predictions in science is to test models, hypotheses, theories.Evangelicals Still Don’t Know What to Do With the Big Bang
Karl W. Giberson
March 23, 2014
The name comes from military jargon, deriving from the directions on a watch face, and means “Got your back.”Hollywood and the White House’s Election-Year PR Push For Veterans
May 20, 2012
Rather than deriving legitimacy from the people, the ayatollahs rule by claiming they are representatives of God on earth.Don't Aid Mousavi
June 16, 2009
Deriving inspiration from the weather was Central Saint Martins-grad Mark Fast.London's New Look
February 27, 2009
For your indisposition prevents us from deriving any pleasure from this and other news.Lucretia Borgia
The foe were not slow in discovering this, and in deriving courage from their discovery.The Hour and the Man
Neither do they possess the faculty of deriving pleasure from kindness and generosity.Under Fire
Frank A. Munsey
And deriving much comfort from this witticism, she went on her way.
I only feel some compunction in deriving that profit from it which you might yourself reap.Rich Enough
Hannah Farnham Sawyer Lee
- (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 deriving
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.