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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- Obviously by the sensations which I derive from it, and not otherwise. - "A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive (Vol. 1 of 2)", John Stuart Mill.
- That attack is largely the conscious expression of a revolt against a system that has long lost all touch with reality, and so has ceased to derive support from current life and thought. - "A Grammar of Freethought", Chapman Cohen.
- The general government and the State governments derive their authority from the same source. - "Select Speeches of Daniel Webster", Daniel Webster.