- 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 derive
What conflicts do exist between them derive from misunderstanding and accident.The 2014 Novel of the Year
December 29, 2014
New high-value customers are what companies can derive from this.Mobile Telephone Startup Solavei Avoids Ads, Relies on Customers for Sales Leads
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From that, he notes, we derive everything essential in American free-speech rights.Free Speech: A Cloistered Value?
September 21, 2012
So long as a single woman recognizes these things, she may derive enough pleasure from an illicit affair to make it worthwhile.Helen Gurley Brown: 10 Best Tips From ‘Sex and the Single Girl’
August 14, 2012
And when there are assaults, she said, “you derive energy from that…you turn negative force to more momentum.”Women World Leaders Share Lessons Learned as Council Marks 15th Year
January 12, 2012
From these I shall endeavor to derive all the advantages which they may afford.
Stevie did not seem to derive any personal gratification from what he had done.The Secret Agent
Let us derive instruction, as well as consolation, from this scene.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
And from this, more than from anything else, do we derive our firm conviction of the success of our work.'Freeland
It would be a rather poor way to derive the pride of aristocracy.City of Endless Night
- (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 derive
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.