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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subtracter noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Sync the educational accessories with the brand’s apps for hands-on games that teach kids how to count, add, subtract, spell and build their problem-solving skills. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 May 2022 More clouds and unrelenting breezes could subtract a few degrees; more sun and less breeze than currently expected may add a few degrees. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 While fish don’t have much mathematical ability, a new study shows that some species can add and subtract by one in a group of up to five. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 21 Apr. 2022 Shanghai is so important that a full month's shutdown will subtract 2% from China's annual economic growth, according to Pang of ING. Joe Mcdonald, ajc, 18 Apr. 2022 For all his dealing, Zito did not have to subtract from his varsity roster — forced to surrender no one from a core, confident group that looks destined to finish first or second in the Eastern Conference standings. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 26 Mar. 2022 Then, subtract the buyout price from the current trade-in value or offer and, presto, this is your equity. cleveland, 19 Mar. 2022 In this way, the arithmetic logic unit (ALU) can add, subtract, multiply, and divide positive and negative integer numbers. Andrew Hudson, Ars Technica, 14 Mar. 2022 The trials try to subtract all the other influences and factors that might disguise the true effectiveness of the drug. John Lauerman, Fortune, 15 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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6 May 2022

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“Subtract.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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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