Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To take away (a quantity) from another; subtract.
  • transitive v. To derive by deduction; deduce.
  • intransitive v. To take away a desirable part: Poor plumbing deducts from the value of the house.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To take one thing from another; remove from; make smaller by some amount.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To lead forth or out.
  • transitive v. To take away, separate, or remove, in numbering, estimating, or calculating; to subtract; -- often with from or out of.
  • transitive v. To reduce; to diminish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To lead forth or away; deduce; conduct.
  • To trace out; set forth.
  • To bring down; reduce.
  • To take away, separate, or remove in numbering, estimating, or calculating; subtract, as a counterbalancing item or particular: as, to deduct losses from the total receipts; from the amount of profits deduct the freight-charges.
  • Synonyms Deduct, Subtract. These words cannot properly be used interchangeably. Deduct is to lead away, set aside, in a general or distributive sense; subtract, to draw off, remove, in a literal or collective sense. In settling a mercantile account, certain items, as charges, losses, etc., are deducted by being added together and their total subtracted from the grand total of the transaction. From a parcel of goods of known value or number articles are subtracted or literally taken away as required; the value or number of the remainder at any time may be ascertained by deducting the value or number of those taken from the original package; and this again is effected by subtracting the figures representing the smaller amount from those representing the larger.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make a subtraction
  • v. retain and refrain from disbursing; of payments
  • v. reason by deduction; establish by deduction

Etymologies

Middle English deducten, from Latin dēdūcere, dēduct-, to lead away or down; see deduce.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin deductus, perfect passive participle of verb deducere ("lead from"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Clicking to download again will transfer songs to your Ubuntu One personal cloud again and will deduct from the downloads remaining.

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  • The longer you own, the more you can deduct from the tax.

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  • We ran into a friend having hot and sour soup and then walked home, having clocked about three miles, but we ate an extra 150 calories so that meant we'd walked off only 150 more calories to deduct from the rest of our day's eating.

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  • Consequently, if this isn't covered by the company, it's yet another expense to deduct from the salary offer.

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  • Again, this is an expense PJs should deduct from the salary offer.

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  • The labels deduct this cost of doing business from artist royalties.

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  • After a determination by the Surgeon General that an officer has been absent without leave, he shall deduct from the annual leave accumulated by such officer two days for each day or fraction thereof of absence.

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  • There is before the House of Commons at present a Bill proposed to grant old-age pensions to aged and needy workers who have reached seventy years of age, to give to them $20 per month provided that they have not over $120 additional income per year, which would make the total income a dollar per day, and if they have over that it would deduct from the $20 that would be paid to them.

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  • If we deduct from the Greek Tragedies the choral odes, and the lyrical pieces which are occasionally put into the mouths of individuals, they will be found nearly one-half shorter than an ordinary French tragedy.

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