derive

verb
de·​rive | \ di-ˈrīv How to pronounce derive (audio) , dē-\
derived; deriving

Definition of derive

transitive verb

1a : to take, receive, or obtain especially from a specified source is said to derive its name from a Native American word meaning "wild onion"
b chemistry : to obtain (a chemical substance) actually or theoretically from a parent substance Petroleum is derived from coal tar.
2 : infer, deduce what was derived from their observations
3 archaic : bring … inconvenience that will be derived to them from stopping all imports …— Thomas Jefferson
4 : to trace the derivation of We can derive the word "chauffeur" from French.

intransitive verb

: to have or take origin : come as a derivative The novel's appeal derives entirely from the complexity of its characters.

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Other Words from derive

deriver noun

Choose the Right Synonym for derive

spring, arise, rise, originate, derive, flow, issue, emanate, proceed, stem mean to come up or out of something into existence. spring implies rapid or sudden emerging. an idea that springs to mind arise and rise may both convey the fact of coming into existence or notice but rise often stresses gradual growth or ascent. new questions have arisen slowly rose to prominence originate implies a definite source or starting point. the fire originated in the basement derive implies a prior existence in another form. the holiday derives from an ancient Roman feast flow adds to spring a suggestion of abundance or ease of inception. words flowed easily from her pen issue suggests emerging from confinement through an outlet. blood issued from the cut emanate applies to the coming of something immaterial (such as a thought) from a source. reports emanating from the capital proceed stresses place of origin, derivation, parentage, or logical cause. advice that proceeds from the best of intentions stem implies originating by dividing or branching off from something as an outgrowth or subordinate development. industries stemming from space research

Examples of derive in a Sentence

The river derives its name from a Native American tribe. Much of the book's appeal derives from the personality of its central character.
Recent Examples on the Web Most of the cases appear to be associated with vaping THC, derived from marijuana. Laura Hancock, cleveland, "10 vaping-related lung injuries now confirmed in Cuyahoga County," 5 Nov. 2019 The town is aiming to one day derive all of its power needs from renewable energy sources. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "West Hartford mayor flips switch on solar array on top of town hall," 28 Oct. 2019 This scene showed how Phillips derives humor at the expense of the disabled person himself. Kristen Lopez, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Joker' and When Physical Disability Is the Punchline," 8 Oct. 2019 What’s more, Briogeo’s naturally derived products are free of sulfates, phthalates, parabens, DEA and artificial dyes. Tanisha A. Sykes, Essence, "Meet The Women Founders Behind Some Of The Most Successful Black Hair Care Companies," 8 Oct. 2019 Smoking has gone overseas, and cigarette companies now derive most of their profits from international sales. Scott W. Stern, The New Republic, "How War Made the Cigarette," 25 Sep. 2019 Major challenges and policy gaps Under the Paris Agreement, China committed to start reducing its carbon dioxide emissions and derive 20% of its energy from non-fossil fuels by around 2030. Fang Zhang, The Conversation, "China is positioned to lead on climate change as the US rolls back its policies," 12 Sep. 2019 It is often assumed on social media that Pulte's donations derive from a vast family inheritance. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit millionaire Bill Pulte: I'm not giving away my inheritance on Twitter," 29 Aug. 2019 Su said its first 7nm Navi implementation will be part of the first Navi card: the Radeon RX 5000 family (with the 50-00 name deriving from the company’s milestone anniversary this year). Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "AMD flexes 7nm muscle with a 12-core Ryzen 9 CPU and Radeon RX 5000 graphics cards," 26 May 2019

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First Known Use of derive

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for derive

Middle English, from Anglo-French deriver, from Latin derivare, literally, to draw off (water), from de- + rivus stream — more at run

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derive

verb
How to pronounce derive (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of derive

: to take or get (something) from (something else)
: to have something as a source : to come from something

derive

verb
de·​rive | \ di-ˈrīv How to pronounce derive (audio) \
derived; deriving

Kids Definition of derive

1 : to take or get from a source I derive great pleasure from reading.
2 : to come from a certain source Some modern holidays derive from ancient traditions.
3 : to trace the origin or source of We derive the word “cherry” from a French word.

derive

verb
de·​rive | \ di-ˈrīv How to pronounce derive (audio) \
derived; deriving

Medical Definition of derive

transitive verb

: to take, receive, or obtain, especially from a specified source specifically : to obtain (a chemical substance) actually or theoretically from a parent substance

intransitive verb

: to have or take origin

Other Words from derive

derivation \ ˌder-​ə-​ˈvā-​shən How to pronounce derivation (audio) \ noun

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