- To derive is defined as to come from, be created from or be developed out of something else.
- An example of derive is when you get the idea for a new fund raising event based on the event the previous year.
- An example of derive is when a scientist builds upon the work of another scientist.
- An example of derive is when you get great pleasure out of funny movies.
transitive verbderived, deriving
- to get or receive (something) from a source
- to get by reasoning; deduce or infer
- to trace from or to a source; show the derivation of
- Chem. to obtain or produce (a compound) from another compound by replacing one element with one or more other elements
Origin of deriveMiddle English deriven ; from Old French deriver ; from Classical Latin derivare, to divert, origin, originally , to turn a stream from its channel ; from de-, from + rivus, a stream: see rival
verbde·rived, de·riv·ing, de·rives
- a. To obtain or receive from a source: a dance that is derived from the samba; confidence that is derived from years of experience.b. Chemistry To produce or obtain (a compound) from another substance by chemical reaction.
- Linguistics a. To trace the origin or development of (a word).b. To generate (a linguistic structure) from another structure or set of structures.
- To arrive at by reasoning; deduce or infer: derive a conclusion from facts.
Origin of deriveMiddle English deriven, to be derived from, from Old French deriver, from Latin dērīvāre, to derive, draw off : dē-, de- + rīvus, stream; see rei- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present derives, present participle deriving, simple past and past participle derived)
- To obtain or receive (something) from something else.
- (logic) To deduce (a conclusion) by reasoning.
- (linguistics) To find the derivation of (a word or phrase).
- (chemistry) To create (a compound) from another by means of a reaction.
- (intransitive) To originate or stem (from).
- To turn the course of (water, etc.); to divert and distribute into subordinate channels.