American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To obtain or receive from a source.
- v. To arrive at by reasoning; deduce or infer: derive a conclusion from facts.
- v. To trace the origin or development of (a word).
- v. Linguistics To generate (one structure) from another or from a set of others.
- v. Chemistry To produce or obtain (a compound) from another substance by chemical reaction.
- v. To issue from a source; originate. See Synonyms at stem1.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To turn aside or divert, as water or other fluid, from its natural course or channel: as, to derive water from the main channel or current into lateral rivulets.
- Figuratively, to turn aside; divert.
- To draw or receive, as from a source or origin, or by regular transmission: as, to derive ideas from the senses; to derive instruction from a book; his estate is derived from his ancestors.
- Specifically To draw or receive (a word) from a more original root or stem: as, the word ‘rule’ is derived from the Latin; ‘feed’ is derived from ‘food.’ See derivation
- To deduce, as from premises; trace, as from a source or origin: involving a personal subject.
- To communicate or transfer from one to another, as by descent.
- To come, proceed, or be derived.
- v. transitive To obtain or receive (something) from something else.
- v. transitive, logic To deduce (a conclusion) by reasoning.
- v. transitive, linguistics To find the derivation of (a word or phrase).
- v. transitive, chemistry To create (a compound) from another by means of a reaction.
- v. intransitive To originate or stem (from).
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete 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.
- v. To receive, as from a source or origin; to obtain by descent or by transmission; to draw; to deduce; -- followed by
- v. To trace the origin, descent, or derivation of; to recognize transmission of.
- v. (Chem.) To obtain one substance from another by actual or theoretical substitution.
- v. To flow; to have origin; to descend; to proceed; to be deduced.
- v. come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example
- v. develop or evolve from a latent or potential state
- v. reason by deduction; establish by deduction
- v. come from
- v. obtain.
- 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. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English deriven, to be derived from, from Old French deriver, from Latin dērīvāre, to derive, draw off : dē-, de- + rīvus, stream; see rei- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“So, go ahead and wallow in what little meaness you can derive from the superlative performance of this administration.”
“What kind of authority does one derive from a non-binding goal.”
“Nobody Really: I think environmental laws may be at risk by such an amendment (in the Bills of Federalism that was specifically addressed) and should be explicitly allowed here, but civil rights laws do not derive from the Commerce Clause.”
“I think environmental laws may be at risk by such an amendment (in the Bills of Federalism that was specifically addressed) and should be explicitly allowed here, but civil rights laws do not derive from the Commerce Clause.”
“This rule does not derive from the authority of the Constitution. —”
“Society in places like India, Hong Kong and Shanghai centered around Government House, but the presence of the military in other British colonies and dominions reinforced English social patterns – though the elite of Hong Kong and Shanghai society were more likely to derive from the merchant classes.”
“But the room has an elegance and a permanence that derive from the many decisions she and Shutler made along the way.”
“Wishing to send you a copy of this edition, and also to include the expenses and probable returns in the account, in order that you might see more clearly what you may reasonably expect in future to derive from the works, I have waited till this edition should be ready.”
“Again, your basic problems all derive from a depressingly familiar source: ignorance.”
“Stationary also used to mean stationery; both terms derive from the Latin stationarius, stationery arriving indirectly by stationer + - y.”
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