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subtract

verb sub·tract \səb-ˈtrakt\

: to take (a number or amount) from another number or amount

Full Definition of SUBTRACT

transitive verb
:  to take away by or as if by deducting <subtract 5 from 9> <subtract funds from the project>
intransitive verb
:  to perform a subtraction
sub·tract·er noun

Examples of SUBTRACT

  1. <if you subtract 10 from 23, you get 13>
  2. <you can subtract the time you spent daydreaming from your total homework time>

Origin of SUBTRACT

Latin subtractus, past participle of subtrahere to draw from beneath, withdraw, from sub- + trahere to draw
First Known Use: 1557

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