:to take, receive, or obtain especially from a specified source
- is said to derive its name from a Native American word meaning "wild onion"
:to obtain (a chemical substance) actually or theoretically from a parent substance
- Petroleum is derived from coal tar.
- what was derived from their observations
- … inconvenience that will be derived to them from stopping all imports …
- —Thomas Jefferson
:to trace the derivation of
- We can derive the word "chauffeur" from French.
:to have or take origin :come as a derivative
- The novel's appeal derives entirely from the complexity of its characters.