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Definition of derive:

  1. To flow; to have origin; to descend; to proceed; to be deduced.
  2. To obtain one substance from another by actual or theoretical substitution; as, to derive an organic acid from its corresponding hydrocarbon.
  3. To receive, as from a source or origin; to obtain by descent or by transmission; to draw; to deduce; - followed by from.
  4. To trace the origin, descent, or derivation of; to recognize transmission of; as, he derives this word from the Anglo- Saxon.
  5. 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.


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