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Princeton's WordNet

  1. subtract, deduct, take offverb

    make a subtraction

    "subtract this amount from my paycheck"

  2. subtractverb

    take off or away

    "this prefix was subtracted when the word was borrowed from French"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Subtractverb

    To withdraw part from the rest.

    Etymology: subtractio, Latin.

    Reducing many things unto charge, which, by confusion, became concealed and subtracted from the crown. Davies.

    What is subtracted or subducted out of the extent of the divine perfection, leaves still a quotient infinite. Matthew Hale.

    The same swallow, by the subtracting daily of her eggs, lay nineteen successively, and then gave over. John Ray.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subtractverb

    to withdraw, or take away, as a part from the whole; to deduct; as, subtract 5 from 9, and the remainder is 4

  2. Etymology: [L. subtractus, p. p. of subtrahere to draw from beneath, withdraw, remove; sub under + trahere to draw. See Trace, v. t., and cf. Substract.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Subtract

    sub-trakt′, v.t. to take away a part from the rest: to take one number or quantity from another to find their difference.—ns. Subtrac′ter; Subtrac′tion, the act or operation of subtracting: the taking a less number or quantity from a greater.—adj. Subtract′ive, subtracting: tending to subtract or lessen.—n. Sub′trahend, the sum or number to be subtracted from another. [L. sub, under, trahĕre, tractum, to draw away.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of subtract in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of subtract in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of subtract in a Sentence

  1. Vaninder Singh:

    Overall, what is clear to us is that the impact, will be limited in the near-term, but much more significant in the medium-term, we expect this event and what it represents to subtract as much as 0.3 percent from growth next year compared to our pre-event baseline and expect Asian central banks to respond with another round of easing.

  2. Steen Jakobsen:

    Shale gas and shale oil have added around 0.5 percent to GDP per year in my model, and I think it will now subtract 0.5 to 1.0 percent as projects become unprofitable and credit in the sector tanks.

  3. Kailash Sahu:

    It's like trying to measure the tiny motion of a firefly next to a bright light bulb, we had to meticulously subtract the light of the nearby bright star to precisely measure the deflection of the faint source.

  4. Mother Teresa:

    I never add up. I only subtract from the total dying... . . . It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters.

  5. Joel Fitzgibbon:

    If we were to stop sending thermal coal to Asia tomorrow it would be replaced by something less efficient and would add to, not subtract from, global emissions.

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