Definitions for derivedɪˈraɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•rivedɪˈraɪv(v.)-rived, -riv•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to receive or obtain from a source or origin (usu. fol. by from); gain; glean.

  2. to trace from a source or origin.

  3. to reach or obtain by reasoning; deduce; infer.

  4. to produce or obtain (a chemical substance) from another.

    Category: Chemistry

  5. (v.i.)to come from a source or origin; originate (often fol. by from).

Origin of derive:

1350–1400; < OF deriver < L dērīvāre to lead off =dē-de - + -rīvāre, der. of rīvus a stream, channel


Princeton's WordNet

  1. deduce, infer, deduct, derive(verb)

    reason by deduction; establish by deduction

  2. derive, gain(verb)


    "derive pleasure from one's garden"

  3. derive(verb)

    come from

    "The present name derives from an older form"

  4. derive, educe(verb)

    develop or evolve from a latent or potential state

  5. derive, come, descend(verb)

    come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example

    "She was descended from an old Italian noble family"; "he comes from humble origins"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. derive(verb)ɪˈraɪv

    indicates where sth develops from

    English words derived from Greek prefixes

  2. deriveɪˈraɪv

    to get sth from sth

    the benefits that society derives from universities


  1. derive(Verb)

    To obtain or receive (something) from something else.

  2. derive(Verb)

    To deduce (a conclusion) by reasoning.

  3. derive(Verb)

    To find the derivation of (a word or phrase).

  4. derive(Verb)

    To create (a compound) from another by means of a reaction.

  5. derive(Verb)

    To originate or stem (from).

  6. Origin: From deriven, from deriver, from derivare, from de + rivus; see rival.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Derive(verb)

    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

  2. Derive(verb)

    to receive, as from a source or origin; to obtain by descent or by transmission; to draw; to deduce; -- followed by from

  3. Derive(verb)

    to trace the origin, descent, or derivation of; to recognize transmission of; as, he derives this word from the Anglo-Saxon

  4. Derive(verb)

    to obtain one substance from another by actual or theoretical substitution; as, to derive an organic acid from its corresponding hydrocarbon

  5. Derive(verb)

    to flow; to have origin; to descend; to proceed; to be deduced

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'derive' in Verbs Frequency: #393

Anagrams of derive

  1. reived

Translations for derive

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to come or develop from

The word `derives' is derived from an old French word.

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