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Definition of 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.
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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