derive

If you want to talk about something that comes from something else, but you want to sound sophisticated and maybe financial or scientific, use derive, like so: That scent? It's derived from a solution of roses boiled with toothpicks.

The word derive derives from (see how we did that?) the Latin rivus or stream, as in water. That image of the stream may help you remember the meaning of derive; you may picture tracing tiny streams back to their main source. Derive is a verb, as you can see, but it's often in the news in the noun form derivative: something that is derived from something else, as in "juice is a derivative of an orange."

DEFINITIONS OF: derive

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v come from

“The present name derives from an older form”
Synonyms
come, descend
come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example
Type of:
evolve
undergo development or evolution

v obtain

derive pleasure from one's garden”
Synonyms:
gain
Types:
draw, reap
get or derive
Type of:
obtain
come into possession of

v reason by deduction; establish by deduction

Synonyms:
deduce, deduct, infer
Types:
extrapolate
gain knowledge of (an area not known or experienced) by extrapolating
surmise
infer from incomplete evidence
elicit
derive by reason
Type of:
conclude, reason, reason out
decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion

v develop or evolve from a latent or potential state

Synonyms:
educe
Types:
etymologise, etymologize
give the etymology or derivation or suggest an etymology (for a word)
Type of:
create, make
make or cause to be or to become

v come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example

Synonyms:
come, descend
come, hail
be a native of
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