derive Definition

  • 1obtain something from (a specified source)
  • 2base a concept on a logical extension or modification of (another concept)
  • 3originate from
  • 4trace the origin or development of something

Using derive: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "derive" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The word 'adolescent' is derived from the Latin word 'adolescere'.

  • Example

    She derives her strength from her family.

  • Example

    The company derives most of its profits from exports.

  • Example

    The theory is derived from several sources.

derive Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for derive

Idioms Using derive

  • to feel reassured or consoled by something


    She derived comfort from the fact that her friends were there to support her.

  • to feel pleased or contented with something


    He derives great satisfaction from his work as a teacher.

  • to have one's name come from a particular source or origin


    Her last name derives from her grandfather's name.

Phrases with derive

  • to get enjoyment or satisfaction from something


    I derive great pleasure from reading books.

  • to receive an advantage or gain from something


    The company derives significant benefits from its partnership with other firms.

  • to originate or come from a particular source


    The word 'alphabet' derives from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet.

Origins of derive

from Old French 'deriver', from Latin 'derivare', from 'de-' (expressing reversal) + 'rivus' (a stream)


Summary: derive in Brief

The verb 'derive' [dɪˈraɪv] means to obtain something from a source, base a concept on another concept, originate from, or trace the origin or development of something. It can be used in phrases like 'derive pleasure' and 'derive benefit,' which denote getting enjoyment or receiving an advantage from something. 'Derive' also appears in idioms like 'derive comfort from' and 'derive satisfaction from,' which express feeling reassured or pleased with something.

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