- 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.
To derive is defined as to come from, be created from or be developed out of something else.
- 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
to come (from); be derived; originate
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.
To be derived from a source; originate. See Synonyms at stem1.
Origin of deriveMiddle English deriven, to be derived from, from Old French deriver, from Latin d&emacron;r&imacron;v&amacron;re, to derive, draw off : d&emacron;-, de- + r&imacron;vus, 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.
OriginSee also: derivé