# subtract

- to withdraw or take away, as a part from a whole.
- Mathematics. to take (one number or quantity) from another; deduct.

- to take away something or a part, as from a whole.

## Origin of subtract

## Synonyms for subtract

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## Related Words for subtract

deduct, withhold, detract, remove, discount, decrease, take, withdraw, diminish## Examples from the Web for subtract

### Contemporary Examples of 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.

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.

### Historical Examples of subtract

But if you asked her to subtract two from nine, she'd say "seven" all right!

The Foolish LoversSt. John G. Ervine

Subtract from civilization all that has been produced by the poor, and what remains?

Well, all about them—how to add and multiply, and subtract and divide, and fractions.

Three PeoplePansy

I will teach you ten times further; and to add, and to subtract, if you will come with me.

The Boarding SchoolUnknown

Read the temperature of the dry bulb and the wet, and subtract.

Seasoning of WoodJoseph B. Wagner

## subtract

- to calculate the difference between (two numbers or quantities) by subtraction
- to remove (a part of a thing, quantity, etc) from the whole

## Word Origin for subtract

## Word Origin and History 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]