Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To obtain or receive from a source.
  • transitive v. To arrive at by reasoning; deduce or infer: derive a conclusion from facts.
  • transitive v. To trace the origin or development of (a word).
  • transitive v. Linguistics To generate (one structure) from another or from a set of others.
  • transitive v. Chemistry To produce or obtain (a compound) from another substance by chemical reaction.
  • intransitive v. To issue from a source; originate. See Synonyms at stem1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To obtain or receive (something) from something else.
  • v. To deduce (a conclusion) by reasoning.
  • v. To find the derivation of (a word or phrase).
  • v. To create (a compound) from another by means of a reaction.
  • v. To originate or stem (from).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To flow; to have origin; to descend; to proceed; to be deduced.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To receive, as from a source or origin; to obtain by descent or by transmission; to draw; to deduce; -- followed by from.
  • transitive v. To trace the origin, descent, or derivation of; to recognize transmission of.
  • transitive v. To obtain one substance from another by actual or theoretical substitution.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To turn aside or divert, as water or other fluid, from its natural course or channel: as, to derive water from the main channel or current into lateral rivulets.
  • Figuratively, to turn aside; divert.
  • To draw or receive, as from a source or origin, or by regular transmission: as, to derive ideas from the senses; to derive instruction from a book; his estate is derived from his ancestors.
  • Specifically To draw or receive (a word) from a more original root or stem: as, the word ‘rule’ is derived from the Latin; ‘feed’ is derived from ‘food.’ See derivation
  • To deduce, as from premises; trace, as from a source or origin: involving a personal subject.
  • To communicate or transfer from one to another, as by descent.
  • To come, proceed, or be derived.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example
  • v. develop or evolve from a latent or potential state
  • v. reason by deduction; establish by deduction
  • v. come from
  • v. obtain

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English deriven, to be derived from, from Old French deriver, from Latin dērīvāre, to derive, draw off : dē-, de- + rīvus, stream; see rei- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English deriven, from Old French deriver, from Latin derivare ("to lead, turn, or draw off (a liquid), draw off, derive"), from de ("away") + rivus ("a stream"); see rival.

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