Definition of subtract
: to take away by or as if by deducting subtract 5 from 9 subtract funds from the project
: to perform a subtraction
Examples of subtract in a Sentence
if you subtract 10 from 23, you get 13
you can subtract the time you spent daydreaming from your total homework time
Recent Examples of subtract from the Web
Similar to Facebook, Google is introducing the ability to add and subtract certain topics of interest.
Kelly’s probably had 15 subtracted for being too damn delicious.
Get a key combo wrong and the machine will buzz disapprovingly—and subtract a minute from your total remaining time.
But AR can also be used to subtract items from view and help consumers focus on specific objects lost in panoply of visual clutter.
The game against the Badgers required Xavier to subtract Utah of the Pac-12 Conference from the 2017-18 schedule.
The scientists then teased out how much of those fluctuations came from water being added to or subtracted from Earth’s surface, and calculated how that affected forces deep underground where earthquakes begin, or nucleate.
Economic growth as measured by the gross domestic product slowed in the January-March quarter, in part because inventories subtracted from overall economic activity.
By the end of last year, Yahoo’s annual revenue after subtracting ad commissions had shrunk to $3.5 billion, a 35 percent drop from its 2008 peak.
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Origin and Etymology of subtract
Latin subtractus, past participle of subtrahere to draw from beneath, withdraw, from sub- + trahere to draw
First Known Use: 1557See Words from the same year
SUBTRACT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of subtract for English Language Learners
: to take (a number or amount) from another number or amount
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Word Root of subtract
The Latin word tractus, meaning “pulled” or “dragged,” gives us the root tract. Words from the Latin tractus have to do with being pulled or dragged. To attract is to pull or draw towards you. To distract is to pull someone's attention away from something. To extract is to pull one thing out of another. To subtract is to pull a portion or number away from a group or from a whole.
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