de·duct | \di-ˈdəkt, dē-\

Definition of deduct 

transitive verb

1 : to take away (an amount) from a total : subtract

2 : deduce, infer

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Synonyms & Antonyms for deduct


abate, knock off, subtract, take off


add, tack (on)

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Examples of deduct in a Sentence

You can deduct up to $500 for money given to charity. after deducting taxes, what's left is your net pay for the week

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Broadcom’s gross margin, or percentage of sales remaining after deducting the cost of production, was 67% in its most recent quarter. Bloomberg,, "Broadcom agrees to buy CA Technologies for $18.9 billion," 12 July 2018 That's because a loan fee of around 4.25 percent is charged and deducted from the PLUS loan amount when it is first disbursed. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Students aren't the only ones crushed by school debt," 11 July 2018 The federal legislation would give all state and local government employees protections similar to those that private-sector workers enjoy, including the right to voluntarily have union dues deducted from their paychecks. Danielle Douglas-gabriel, Washington Post, "After Supreme Court ruling, congressional Democrats mobilize to fight for unions," 28 June 2018 When you’re hired, your employer gives you a Form W-4, also known as a withholding allowance certificate, which tells the employer how much tax to deduct from your paycheck. Ann Carrns, New York Times, "The Virtues of a Summer Job," 13 July 2018 Source: Morningstar The next step is to deduct from that $80,000 estimated Social Security and pension benefits. Anne Tergesen, WSJ, "Behind on Retirement Savings? It’s Not Too Late to Catch Up," 12 July 2018 The daughters, now 18 and 15, will get about $125,000 each after fees and other costs are deducted from the settlement. Wendy Culverwell, The Seattle Times, "Daughters of man killed by Pasco police to split $500K in settlement," 28 May 2018 Stryker: Auto-enrollment for new hires New hires at the global medical technology company will see 3% of before-tax pay automatically deducted from paychecks — and then deductions increase by 1% each year until the 15% mark is reached. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Job hunters need to ask potential employers about this job perk," 16 May 2018 The state auditor says Ohio’s then-largest online charter school inflated the amount of time students spent learning by failing to deduct the time students were inactive online. Julie Carr Smyth,, "Audit: Ohio e-school inflated time students spent learning," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of deduct

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deduct

Latin deductus, past participle of deducere

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The first known use of deduct was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of deduct

: to take away (something, especially an amount of money) from a total


de·duct | \di-ˈdəkt \
deducted; deducting

Kids Definition of deduct

: to take away an amount of something : subtract


Legal Definition of deduct 

: to take away (an amount) from a total specifically : to take as a deduction must be capitalized…rather than immediately deducted — D. Q. Posin — compare amortize

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