Subtract is to take away something or to reduce something by a set amount.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.
transitive verb, intransitive verb
- to take away (a part from a whole)
- to take away or deduct (one number or quantity from another)
Origin: < L subtractus, pp. of subtrahere, to draw away underneath, subtract < sub-, sub- + trahere, to draw
- subtracter noun
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verb sub·tract·ed, sub·tract·ing, sub·tracts verb, transitive
Origin: Latin subtrahere, subtract- : sub-, sub- + trahere, to draw.
- sub·tractˈer noun
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.
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