de·​duct | \ di-ˈdəkt How to pronounce deduct (audio) , dē-\
deducted; deducting; deducts

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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That amount is then deducted from the child’s Bankaroo account. Cheryl Winokur Munk, WSJ, "Digital Tools That Teach Children About Philanthropy," 16 Dec. 2018 For the 10 percent who aren’t members pay fair-share fees instead of typical union dues, Wednesday’s ruling means those fees won't be deducted from their next paycheck, Lindall said., "Rauner: State will stop withholding union fees from nonmembers; workers will be 'given an opportunity to modify their union status'," 27 June 2018 Currently, those deductions that exceed the standard deduction at the federal level can be fully deducted from state tax bills. Julia O'donoghue,, "John Bel Edwards' tax plan wouldn't close Louisiana's $1 billion budget gap," 7 Feb. 2018 At issue legally was the question of whether or not a public employee has a free speech right to withhold union dues that are deducted from his or her paycheck while still receiving the benefits for which that union has bargained. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "The Future of Unions May Depend on a Guy Who Thinks Corporations Are People," 26 Feb. 2018 Moseley's companies would only deduct interest payments from a borrower's bank account, leaving the principal balance untouched. Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "Another Kansas City payday lender is off to prison, this time for 10 years," 12 June 2018 Another part of the state’s plan — converting the income tax paid by wage earners to a payroll tax paid by companies that could then deduct that amount on their federal taxes — seems to be on firmer legal footing. Russ Buettner And Jan Ransom, New York Times, "New York Crafts Loophole to Protect Property Tax Deductions. But the I.R.S. Could Close It.," 1 Apr. 2018 Right now, the rich disproportionately deduct alimony — about 20 percent of taxpayers who currently claim the deduction are in the top 5 percent of household income earners. New York Times, "‘Hurry Up and Get a Divorce’? For the Rich, There’s an Incentive," 2 July 2018 The Janus case hinges on an Illinois public employee named Mark Janus who sued to keep an Illinois union from deducting dues from his paycheck. Marcos Breton, sacbee, "The Supreme Court may strip this union leader of her power. Don't care? Think again | The Sacramento Bee," 28 Feb. 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 How to pronounce deduct (audio) \
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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to boil down or concentrate

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