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Meaning of DERIVE

Pronunciation:  di'rIv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  develop or evolve, esp. from a latent or potential state
  2. [v]  come from; "The present name derives from an older form"
  3. [v]  reason by deduction; establish by deduction
  4. [v]  obtain; "derive pleasure from one's garden"
  5. [v]  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"

DERIVE is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: come, deduce, deduct, descend, educe, gain, infer
 See Also: carry back, conclude, create, draw, elicit, etymologise, etymologize, evolve, extrapolate, make, obtain, reap, reason, reason out, surmise



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*rive"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Derived}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Deriving}.] [F. d['e]river, L. derivare; de- + rivus
    stream, brook. See {Rival}.]
    1. To turn the course of, as water; to divert and distribute
       into subordinate channels; to diffuse; to communicate; to
       transmit; -- followed by to, into, on, upon. [Obs.]
             For fear it [water] choke up the pits . . . they
             [the workman] derive it by other drains. --Holland.
             Her due loves derived to that vile witch's share.
             Derived to us by tradition from Adam to Noah. --Jer.
    2. To receive, as from a source or origin; to obtain by
       descent or by transmission; to draw; to deduce; --
       followed by from.
    3. To trace the origin, descent, or derivation of; to
       recognize transmission of; as, he derives this word from
       the Anglo-Saxon.
             From these two causes . . . an ancient set of
             physicians derived all diseases.      --Arbuthnot.
    4. (Chem.) To obtain one substance from another by actual or
       theoretical substitution; as, to derive an organic acid
       from its corresponding hydrocarbon.
    Syn: To trace; deduce; infer.
  2. \De*rive"\, v. i.
    To flow; to have origin; to descend; to proceed; to be
    deduced. --Shak.
          Power from heaven Derives, and monarchs rule by gods
          appointed.                               --Prior.
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