verb (used with object), de·rived, de·riv·ing.
verb (used without object), de·rived, de·riv·ing.
Origin of derive
Synonyms for derive
Word Origin 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.