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subtract

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verb sub·tract \səb-ˈtrakt\

Simple Definition of subtract

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

Full Definition of subtract

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to take away by or as if by deducting <subtract 5 from 9> <subtract funds from the project>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  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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