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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All three programs deduct 5% from workers’ paychecks, and employees can opt out or change their savings rate. Anne Tergesen, WSJ, "States Boost Access to Retirement Plans, Seeking to Close Savings Gap," 8 Dec. 2018 Federal tax law prohibits deducting any loss from the sale of property between members of the same family, because of the potential for abuse. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 The first $18,000 would be deducted from the local school district's state aid, which districts can then recoup from their property taxpayers. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin voucher program for special needs students expected to triple next year," 12 Feb. 2018 Previously, the tax code allowed interest expense on debt to be deducted from pretax income, favoring the use of lots of debt over equity. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Monday, January 22," 22 Jan. 2018 Then, like Amazon Go’s system, customers can browse, pick up the items, freely exit, and the charges will be automatically deducted from their mobile payments accounts. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Lenovo opened a cashier-less store in Beijing," 5 Nov. 2018 Bonus points if these payments are deducted from your paycheck automatically. Linda Davis Taylor, SELF, "How to Make a Budget You Can Stick to With the Easy 50/30/20 Rule," 23 Oct. 2018 That amount would be deducted from any severance that Mr. Moonves would get. Joe Flint, WSJ, "CBS Chief Leslie Moonves Steps Down Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations," 9 Sep. 2018 Repayments are automatically deducted from the employee’s paycheck for up to five years. Josh Smith, USA TODAY, "Health care costs: 10 credit options to help manage the expenses involved," 16 Apr. 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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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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