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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web For years, corporations have deducted the cost of such settlements on their corporate tax returns. USA Today, "How companies turn government settlements into tax write-offs," 12 Sep. 2019 Currently, for example, taxpayers cannot deduct more than $10,000 of total state and local taxes. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Don't have a down payment for a house? Banks might have a deal for you," 5 Sep. 2019 For instance, the county deducts 60% of the cost of private amenities — such as rooftop pools and recreation courts which can only be used by residents — from the fees. Alison Knezevich,, "Baltimore County lets developers count parking islands as open space. A new bill could change that.," 19 Aug. 2019 Many owners deduct money from staffers’ paychecks until the loans are fully paid off, eliminating the uncertainty as long as the employee stays with the company. Washington Post, "Lending money to staffers can cause problems for employers," 24 July 2019 And customers who pay for a prescription through the service cannot deduct that cost from their insurance deductible limit. Julie Washington,, "GoodRx lowers prescription costs for some, but questions remain on impact for others," 14 July 2019 Inspectors deduct points in three categories, using a system Oregon cherry-picked from the FDA., "Find out which Portland restaurants passed, failed inspections," 11 July 2019 Under the prior tax code, a company making a $100 renovation could deduct that cost over a 15-year period, making the deduction worth about $84 in present value. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Why Whataburger, J.C. Penney and other Texas businesses are crying foul over this goof in 2017 tax revamp," 7 June 2019 They either let employees access (for a fee of a few dollars) part of their upcoming paycheck in advance, or, for larger amounts, offer loans that are deducted from their payroll overtime. Fortune, "A Look at Why Poorer Neighborhoods Are Warmer Than Richer Ones: raceAhead," 4 Sep. 2019

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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 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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