Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
   
Display options
 
Lookup History
derive

de·rive

derive

 
 
pronunciation:
d raIv
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: derived, derives, deriving
definition 1: to obtain or extract from an original source (usu. fol. by from).
Many medicines have ingredients that are derived from plants.From what source did you derive that information?
synonyms:
educe, extract
similar words:
acquire, deduce, elicit, evoke, gain, gather, get, glean, harvest, obtain, procure, reap, secure
definition 2: to obtain or determine by reasoning or inference; deduce.
If I don't know a word, I try to derive the meaning from the context.
synonyms:
deduce, draw, educe, gather, infer
similar words:
conclude, deduct, get, guess, reach, surmise
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to come from a source; originate (usu. fol. by from).
The English word "archaeology" derives from Greek.
synonyms:
arise, originate, spring, stem
similar words:
descend, flow, issue, proceed, trace
Word CombinationsSubscriber feature About this feature
derivation: derivable (adj.)