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Derive meaning

derive - 7 dictionary results

  1. 1. develop or evolve, especially from a latent or potential state
  2. 2. To trace the origin, descent, or derivation of; to recognize transmission of; as, he derives this word from the Anglo- Saxon.
  3. 3. To obtain one substance from another by actual or theoretical substitution; as, to derive an organic acid from its corresponding hydrocarbon.
  4. 4. To flow; to have origin; to descend; to proceed; to be deduced.
  5. 5. To turn the course of, as water; to divert and distribute into subordinate channels; to diffuse; to communicate; to transmit; - followed by to, into, on, upon.
  6. 6. To receive, as from a source or origin; to obtain by descent or by transmission; to draw; to deduce; - followed by from.
  7. 7. To draw from; receive from a source; deduce; trace a word to its origin.

derive - examples of usage

  1. I trust, therefore, that you will derive benefit, as well as amusement, from this little book; and with earnest wishes that you may do so, I bid you farewell. - "Stories of Animal Sagacity", W.H.G. Kingston.
  2. He lost his sense of all that surrounded him; all substantial things- the hour of the day, what we have done and are about to do, the presence of other people and the support we derive from seeing their belief in a common reality- all this slipped from him. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  3. As in the past, so in the future, he would derive support from his poor little misunderstood, but always well- meaning Mavis. - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
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