What does derive mean?

Definitions for derive
dɪˈraɪvde·rive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deduce, infer, deduct, deriveverb

    reason by deduction; establish by deduction

  2. derive, gainverb

    obtain

    "derive pleasure from one's garden"

  3. deriveverb

    come from

    "The present name derives from an older form"

  4. derive, educeverb

    develop or evolve from a latent or potential state

  5. derive, come, descendverb

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. deriveverb

    To obtain or receive (something) from something else.

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

  2. deriveverb

    To deduce (a conclusion) by reasoning.

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

  3. deriveverb

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

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

  4. deriveverb

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

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

  5. deriveverb

    To originate or stem (from).

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deriveverb

    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. Deriveverb

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

  3. Deriveverb

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

  4. Deriveverb

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

  5. Deriveverb

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Derive

    de-rīv′, v.t. to draw from, as water from a river; to take or receive from a source or origin: to infer: (ety.) to trace a word to its root.—adj. Derīv′able.—adv. Derīv′ably.—adj. Der′ivate, derived.—n. a derivative.—n. Derivā′tion, act of deriving: a drawing off or from: the tracing of a word to its original root: that which is derived: descent or evolution of man or animals.—adj. Derivā′tional.—n. Derivā′tionist.—adj. Deriv′ative, derived or taken from something else: not radical or original.—n. that which is derived: a word formed from another word.—adv. Deriv′atively. [O. Fr. deriver—L. derivārede, down from, rivus, a river.]

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of derive in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of derive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of derive in a Sentence

  1. Carlos Lima:

    This inquiry is spreading and will spread throughout Brazil, there will be an untold number of operations that derive from this work, that will follow this new model of investigation. It won't stop.

  2. Jean-Jacques Rousseau:

    Adversity is a great teacher, but this teacher makes us pay dearly for its instruction; and often the profit we derive, is not worth the price we paid.

  3. La Rochefoucauld:

    There is no accident so disastrous that a clever man cannot derive some profit from it nor any so fortunate that a fool cannot turn it to his disadvantage.

  4. Clifford Truesdell:

    How did Biot arrive at the partial differential equation? [the heat conduction equation] . . . Perhaps Laplace gave Biot the equation and left him to sink or swim for a few years in trying to derive it. That would have been merely an instance of the way great mathematicians since the very beginnings of mathematical research have effortlessly maintained their superiority over ordinary mortals.

  5. George Kennedy:

    Acting is beautiful. If I'm prejudiced toward doing it, it is because of the joy that I derive from it, did I like what I did ? Oh my God, yes !

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