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.
Derive a conclusion from facts.
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