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derive

[ dih-rahyv ]
/ dɪˈraɪv /
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verb (used with object), de·rived, de·riv·ing.
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.”
verb (used without object), de·rived, de·riv·ing.
to come from a source or origin; originate (often followed by from).
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Origin of derive

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English diriven, deriven “to flow, draw from, spring,” from Anglo-French, Old French deriver, from Latin dērīvāre “to lead off,” equivalent to dē- de- + rīv(us) “a stream” + -āre infinitive suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for derive

derive
/ (dɪˈraɪv) /

verb
(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

Derived forms of derive

derivable, adjectivederiver, noun

Word Origin for derive

C14: from Old French deriver to spring from, from Latin dērīvāre to draw off, from de- + rīvus a stream
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Medical definitions for derive

derive
[ dĭ-rīv ]

v.
To obtain or receive from a source.
To produce or obtain a chemical compound from another substance by chemical reaction.
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