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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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 This may sound like a lot to deduce from a display of skin care products in minimal mint and forest green packaging, laid out for editors to snap, test, and take home (not necessarily in that order). Glamour, "Amazon Just Launched Its Own Skin Care Line, and Everything Is Under $40," 20 Mar. 2019 Then, the researchers trained an AI to study the brain wave patterns and deduce what words the patients were listening to. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Translate Brain Waves Into Speech," 30 Jan. 2019 When the fires were extinguished, firefighters eventually deduced that the initial spark came from power lines belonging to Pacific Gas & Electric. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Charred and Burned: The School That Turns Firefighters Into Fire Detectives," 4 Oct. 2018 Illustration: Ruth Gwily Beyond statistics, however, there are also literary insights that can be deduced from the Great American Read list. Adam Kirsch, WSJ, "The Way We Read Now," 3 Aug. 2018 Each year, scientists from the inventory—one of perhaps a dozen programs that study penguins in the wild—travel to Antarctica aboard cruise ships to deduce the numbers by counting nests. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Counting Penguins Isn’t Always Black and White," 2 Nov. 2018 The specific timing allowed PortSmash to deduce the key being processed in another logical core of the same processor. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Intel CPUs fall to new hyperthreading exploit that pilfers crypto keys," 2 Nov. 2018

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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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