: 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.
: infer, deduce
- 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.