AskDefine | Define derive

Dictionary Definition



1 reason by deduction; establish by deduction [syn: deduce, infer, deduct]
2 obtain; "derive pleasure from one's garden" [syn: gain]
3 come from; "The present name derives from an older form"
4 develop or evolve, especially from a latent or potential state [syn: educe]
5 come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example; "She was descended from an old Italian noble family"; "he comes from humble origins" [syn: come, descend]

User Contributed Dictionary



From deriver.



  1. In the context of "transitive": To obtain or receive (something) from something else.
  2. In the context of "transitive|logic": To deduce (a conclusion) by reasoning.
  3. In the context of "transitive|linguistics": To find the derivation of (a word or phrase).
  4. In the context of "transitive|chemistry": To create (a compound) from another by means of a reaction.
  5. In the context of "intransitive": To originate or stem (from).

Derived terms


obtain (something) from something else
  • Czech: odvodit
  • Dutch: afleiden
  • Finnish: johtaa
  • German: erlangen
deduce (a conclusion) by reasoning
  • Dutch: afleiden, deduceren
  • Finnish: johtaa, päätellä
  • German: herleiten, ableiten
  • West Frisian: ôfliede
find the derivation of (a word or phrase)
  • Dutch: afleiden
  • German: herleiten, ableiten
  • West Frisian: ôfliede
create (a compound) from another by means of a reaction
  • Dutch: afleiden
  • German: ableiten
originate (from)
  • Dutch: ontstaan
  • French: dériver (from - de)
  • German: abstammen
  • West Frisian: ôfstamje



  1. Plural of deriva

Extensive Definition

The word derive may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accept, acquire, admit, arouse, arrive at, assume, bag, be seized of, bring forth, bring out, bring to light, call forth, call out, call up, capture, catch, collect, come by, come in for, come into, conclude, contract, corral, cull, deduce, derive from, develop, drag down, drag out, draw, draw a conclusion, draw an inference, draw forth, draw from, draw out, earn, educe, elaborate, elicit, emanate from, enter into possession, evoke, evolve, excogitate, extract, fetch, find, flow from, formulate, gain, gather, get, get from, get out of, glean, harvest, have, have coming in, induce, infer, issue from, judge, make, net, obtain, proceed from, procure, pull down, put, reach, reap, reason, reason that, receive, rouse, sack, score, secure, spring from, stem from, stimulate, summon forth, summon up, take, take as proved, take in, take on, take over, wangle, wangle out of, win, winkle out, winnow, worm out, worm out of
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