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Definition of Derive

Derive

  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.
  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.
  4. To obtain one substance from another by actual or theoretical substitution; as, to derive an organic acid from its corresponding hydrocarbon.
  5. To flow; to have origin; to descend; to proceed; to be deduced.

Derive Quotations

So much of what is best in us is bound up in our love of family, that it remains the measure of our stability because it measures our sense of loyalty. All other pacts of love or fear derive from it and are modeled upon it.
Haniel Long

All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.
Blaise Pascal

We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.
George Washington

A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.
Hippocrates

Most economic fallacies derive from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another.
Milton Friedman
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Derive Translations

derive in Dutch is aftappen
derive in German is ableiten, Ableitung, ableiten
derive in Italian is derivare, derivazione
derive in Norwegian is avlede, utlede
derive in Spanish is derivar

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