subtract

verb
sub·tract | \səb-ˈtrakt \
subtracted; subtracting; subtracts

Definition of subtract 

transitive verb

: to take away by or as if by deducting subtract 5 from 9 subtract funds from the project

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Other Words from subtract

subtracter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for subtract

Synonyms

abate, deduct, knock off, take off

Antonyms

add, tack (on)

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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

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To calculate adjusted gross income, certain deductions are subtracted from an individual’s gross income. Matt Rocheleau, BostonGlobe.com, "These Mass. communities had the most at stake in the ‘millionaires tax’ case," 18 June 2018 Next year, in fact, the tax effect is expected to subtract from earnings growth when this year’s windfalls are baked into financial statements. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, "Profits Are Soaring. The Stock Market Has Barely Noticed.," 11 May 2018 The effects of trade-policy uncertainty and the tariffs that have been implemented so far are expected to subtract about 0.67% from the level of gross domestic product by the end of 2020, the central bank said. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Bank of Canada Raises Key Interest Rate to 1.50%," 11 July 2018 And the cashier had trouble figuring out how to subtract the tare weight. Victoria Adams Fogg, Washington Post, "I tried reducing my trash. You can, too. Start by examining it.," 7 July 2018 So a really straightforward example is the AlterG treadmill that can be programmed to subtract weight from your body. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Jeff Bercovici’s Play On investigates the factors that keep athletes performing," 15 June 2018 Under the Supreme Court’s pronouncement, a company that binds all its workers to submit to mandatory arbitration may one day decide to quietly and intentionally subtract $1 from each employees paycheck every week, just because. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "The Supreme Court Has Decided to Shut Workers Out of the Courthouse for Good," 21 May 2018 Dollars or silver coins can be added to others' jars or jugs to subtract points. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This Pewaukee school raised so much money for childhood cancer that Packer Blake Martinez stopped by to congratulate students," 18 May 2018 To achieve such a vision, painters such as George Harvey had to subtract the gambling sailors and destitute beggars from city’s leading outdoor space. Justin T. Clark, BostonGlobe.com, "Building Boston to shape morality," 14 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of subtract

1557, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for subtract

Latin subtractus, past participle of subtrahere to draw from beneath, withdraw, from sub- + trahere to draw

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The first known use of subtract was in 1557

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More Definitions for subtract

subtract

verb

English Language Learners Definition of subtract

: to take (a number or amount) from another number or amount

subtract

verb
sub·tract | \səb-ˈtrakt \
subtracted; subtracting

Kids Definition of subtract

: to take away (as one part or number from another) : deduct

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