deduce

verb
de·​duce | \ di-ˈdüs How to pronounce deduce (audio) , dē-; chiefly British -ˈdyüs\
deduced; deducing

Definition of deduce

transitive verb

1 : to determine by reasoning or deduction deduce the age of ancient artifacts She deduced, from the fur stuck to his clothes, that he owned a cat. specifically, philosophy : to infer (see infer sense 1) from a general principle
2 : to trace the course of deduce their lineage

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Other Words from deduce

deducible \ di-​ˈd(y)ü-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce deducible (audio) , dē-​ \ adjective

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infer, deduce, conclude, judge, gather mean to arrive at a mental conclusion. infer implies arriving at a conclusion by reasoning from evidence; if the evidence is slight, the term comes close to surmise. from that remark, I inferred that they knew each other deduce often adds to infer the special implication of drawing a particular inference from a generalization. denied we could deduce anything important from human mortality conclude implies arriving at a necessary inference at the end of a chain of reasoning. concluded that only the accused could be guilty judge stresses a weighing of the evidence on which a conclusion is based. judge people by their actions gather suggests an intuitive forming of a conclusion from implications. gathered their desire to be alone without a word

Examples of deduce in a Sentence

I can deduce from the simple observation of your behavior that you're trying to hide something from me.

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After looking up the visitors’ license plate and speaking to the man’s son, police soon deduced that the book had been left by two of the son’s former high school classmates. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "In Carver, going green to the extreme," 9 July 2019 As the kids deduce, even though Eleven closed the gate and the Mind Flayer vacated Will’s body, part of it is still out there in the world. Rachel Paige, refinery29.com, "Your Stranger Things Season 3 Monster Questions, Answered," 5 July 2019 The reason that owners weren't getting their pets collars and microchips also was financial, Kilczak deduced. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Mapping the strays: This Phoenix-area organization uses data to keep pets and people together," 26 June 2019 With some digging, employees deduced that the order was destined for a new facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, which is set to jail up to 3,000 migrant children. Sam Dean, latimes.com, "Wayfair sells beds to furnish border camps. Its employees are walking out in protest," 25 June 2019 Paternity was based on presumption, deduced from social behaviors and legal conventions. The Conversation, oregonlive.com, "Who’s is your daddy? It’s not all about DNA," 16 June 2019 But the story for this film — which essentially centers around the two agents deducing who’s involved in a conspiracy to destroy Earth — is hopeless, confusing, and muddled. Josh Spiegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Hidden Potential of 'Men in Black: International'," 15 June 2019 Javed was able to deduce the names of his brother’s friends. Matthew Wolfe, Harper's magazine, "Without a Trace," 10 Feb. 2019 Another way would be trying to deduce the amount of energy released by fission compared to the total amount of energy released by a device. Andrew Karam, Popular Mechanics, "Nuclear Forensics: How Scientists Can Tell Whether North Korea Is Lying About Its Bomb Test," 7 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of deduce

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deduce

Middle English, from Latin deducere, literally, to lead away, from de- + ducere to lead — more at tow entry 1

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deduce

verb

English Language Learners Definition of deduce

formal : to use logic or reason to form (a conclusion or opinion about something) : to decide (something) after thinking about the known facts

deduce

verb
de·​duce | \ di-ˈdüs How to pronounce deduce (audio) , -ˈdyüs\
deduced; deducing

Kids Definition of deduce

: to figure out by using reason or logic What can we deduce from the evidence?

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