- Subtract is to take away something or to reduce something by a set amount.
- When you have the money you owe your boss taken out of your paycheck, this is an example of subtract.
- When you do a math problem where you start with the number five and you take away two to arrive at the number three, this is an example of subtract.
- to take away (a part from a whole)
- to take away or deduct (one number or quantity from another)
Origin of subtract; from Classical Latin subtractus, past participle of subtrahere, to draw away underneath, subtract ; from sub-, sub- + trahere, to draw
verbsub·tract·ed, sub·tract·ing, sub·tracts
Origin of subtractLatin subtrahere, subtract- : sub-, sub- + trahere, to draw.
(third-person singular simple present subtracts, present participle subtracting, simple past and past participle subtracted)
subtract - Computer Definition
A relational DBMS operation that generates a third file from all the records in one file that are not in a second file.