Derive meaning

dĭ-rīv
To derive is defined as to come from, be created from or be developed out of something else.

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.

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To be derived from a source; originate.
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To arrive at by reasoning; deduce or infer.

Derive a conclusion from facts.

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(intransitive) To originate or stem (from).
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To obtain or receive (something) from something else.
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To get or receive (something) from a source.
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(chem.) To obtain or produce (a compound) from another compound by replacing one element with one or more other elements.
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To come (from); be derived; originate.
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(logic) To deduce (a conclusion) by reasoning.
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(linguistics) To find the derivation of (a word or phrase).
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(chemistry) To create (a compound) from another by means of a reaction.
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To turn the course of (water, etc.); to divert and distribute into subordinate channels.
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To get by reasoning; deduce or infer.
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To trace from or to a source; show the derivation of.
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Origin of derive

  • Middle English deriven to be derived from from Old French deriver from Latin dērīvāre to derive, draw off dē- de- rīvus stream rei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English deriven, from Old French deriver, from Latin derivare (“to lead, turn, or draw off (a liquid), draw off, derive”), from de (“away”) + rivus (“a stream”); see rival.

    From Wiktionary