subtract

verb
sub·​tract | \ səb-ˈtrakt How to pronounce subtract (audio) \
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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Others take a different approach, like SunTrust, which subtracts the cost from deposit-account service charges. Rachel Louise Ensign, WSJ, "These Bank Customers Are Making a Bundle on Their Deposits," 22 June 2018 Buy Photo The Shawnee boys’ basketball team this season subtracted two key players and added two keen assistant coaches. Phil Anastasia, Philly.com, "Sean Heine and Pat Kernan lead way for Shawnee from sideline," 14 Mar. 2018 The report did not subtract for the cost of car payments or leases, which obviously would reduce profit even more. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Uber, Lyft drivers earn abysmal wages, according to disputed report," 2 Mar. 2018 The YouTube channel is more along the lines of traditional media, adding filters between Smith and his audience instead of subtracting them. Nick Vadala, Philly.com, "Will Smith's Instagram: Why we're obsessed with it," 20 Feb. 2018 Revisions to prior reports subtracted a total of 9,000 jobs from payrolls in the previous two months, according to the report. Time, "U.S. Adds 148,000 Jobs in December and Wages Rise," 5 Jan. 2018 After a sale, the investor determines whether there’s a profit or loss by subtracting the purchase price plus adjustments from the selling price. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "Make The Most of Your Failed Bitcoin Gamble: Sell Now," 21 Dec. 2018 Capital gains taxes are currently determined by subtracting the original price of an asset from the price at which it was sold and taxing the difference without adjusting for inflation. Martin Crutsinger, The Seattle Times, "Trump administration considering tax break on capital gains," 31 July 2018 Capital gains taxes are currently determined by subtracting the original price of an asset from the price at which it was sold and taxing the difference without adjusting for inflation. Fox News, "Trump administration considering tax break on capital gains," 31 July 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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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 How to pronounce subtract (audio) \
subtracted; subtracting

Kids Definition of subtract

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

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