verb
- 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.
Subtract is to take away something or to reduce something by a set amount.
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 drawsubtract
verb
sub·tract·ed, sub·tract·ing, sub·tractsverb
transitiveTo take away; deduct.
verb
intransitiveTo perform the arithmetic operation of subtraction.
Origin of subtract
Latin subtrahere subtract- sub- sub- trahere to drawRelated Forms:
- sub·tract′er
noun
subtract
Verb
(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.