verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- subtotal hysterectomy,
- subtractive color,
- subtractive process,
Origin of subtract
Examples from the Web for subtract
Think of it as Game of Thrones—if you subtract the sex and violence and add drunken revelry and singing.
She knows exactly how to add or subtract hair for any style she wants, whenever she wants it.
“When a party is in the minority, it has to add, not subtract,” huffed Jennifer Rubin.The Bill Clinton and DLC Model For Reinventing the Republican Party|Will Marshall|March 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Subtract the wives, daughters, and widows and you are left with a fraction of that already small number.
“The unofficial formula we use is to go back to the year they were abused and subtract two years,” she explained.
To subtract a syllable from such feet is impossible; since it is only the last syllable that is capable of being subtracted.A Handbook of the English Language|Robert Gordon Latham
And these are the things to which he would give names and subtract them from, and compound them with one another.
First of all we must subtract a certain number of subjects who have been marked transferred.Mentally Defective Children|Alfred Binet
It is given here entire, for to subtract a word from it would be an irreparable injury.The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne|Frank Preston Stearns
Must we subtract something from the original sum when we are called upon to meet a new demand?Aurora Floyd, Vol. III (of 3)|M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
Word Origin for subtract
1540s, from Latin subtractus, past participle of subtrahere (see subtraction). Related: Subtracted; subtracting. Earlier verb form was subtraien (early 15c.).
Here he teches þe Craft how þou schalt know, whan þou hast subtrayd, wheþer þou hast wel ydo or no. ["Craft of Numbering," c.1425]