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

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin dēductus brought down, withdrawn, past participle of dēdūcere; see deduce
Related formspre·de·duct, verb (used with object)un·de·duct·ed, adjective
Can be confuseddeduce deduct

Synonyms for deduct

1. See subtract.

Antonyms for deduct Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for deducted

Contemporary Examples of deducted

Historical Examples of deducted

  • The time spent in rehearsing for orchestras is not deducted from the pay.

  • What is the conclusion to be deducted from your own statements?

    Frenzied Finance

    Thomas W. Lawson

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

    The Conquest of Bread

    Peter Kropotkin

  • The total to be deducted for the four strings will not exceed three ounces.

    The Violin

    George Hart

  • When the sum is large, a draft should be procured, the cost of which may be deducted from the amount.

    Helen and Arthur

    Caroline Lee Hentz

British Dictionary definitions for deducted



(tr) to take away or subtract (a number, quantity, part, etc)income tax is deducted from one's wages

Word Origin for deduct

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.

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