- 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.
subtract definition by Webster's New World
- to take away (a part from a whole)
- to take away or deduct (one number or quantity from another)
Origin: ; from Classical Latin subtractus, past participle of subtrahere, to draw away underneath, subtract ; from sub-, sub- plush trahere, to draw
- subtracter noun
subtract definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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.