- To deduct is defined as to subtract or take away from a total.
If you have four cookies and someone takes two and you now only have two, this is an example of when someone deducts two cookies.
Origin of deductMiddle English deducten ; from Classical Latin deductus, past participle of deducere: see deduce
verbde·duct·ed, de·duct·ing, de·ducts
- To take away (a quantity) from another; subtract.
- To derive by deduction; deduce.
Origin of deductMiddle English deducten, from Latin dēdūcere, dēduct-, to lead away or down; see deduce.
(third-person singular simple present deducts, present participle deducting, simple past and past participle deducted)
- To take one thing from another; remove from; make smaller by some amount.
- I will deduct the cost of the can of peas from the money I owe you.
From Latin deductus, perfect passive participle of verb deducere (“lead from”).