Simple Definition of derive
: to take or get (something) from (something else)
: to have something as a source : to come from something
Full Definition of derive
Examples of derive in a sentence
The river derives its name from a Native American tribe.
Much of the book's appeal derives from the personality of its central character.
Origin of derive
Middle English, from Anglo-French deriver, from Latin derivare, literally, to draw off (water), from de- + rivus stream — more at run
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of derive
DERIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of derive for Students
1 : to take or get from a source <I derive great pleasure from reading.>
2 : to come from a certain source <Some modern holidays derive from ancient traditions.>
3 : to trace the origin or source of <We derive the word “cherry” from a French word.>
Medical Definition of derive
transitive verb: to take, receive, or obtain, especially from a specified source; specifically : to obtain (a chemical substance) actually or theoretically from a parent substance
intransitive verb: to have or take origin
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