To deduct is to remove or take away some amount. If your boss deducts money from your paycheck because you're always late to work, she subtracts it.

When taxes are withheld from your salary, your employer deducts them to pay your contribution. Each time you use a debit card, it deducts the amount you spend from your bank account. A different way to deduct is to come to a reasoned, thoughtful conclusion, or to deduce. The two words were once interchangeable, while now it's more common to use deduct to mean "remove a portion," and deduce to mean "infer logically."

Definitions of deduct
  1. verb
    make a subtraction
    synonyms: subtract, take off
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    add, add together
    make an addition by combining numbers
    add, add together, add up, sum, sum up, summate, tally, tot, tot up, total, tote up
    determine the sum of
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    carry back
    deduct a loss or an unused credit from taxable income for a prior period
    type of:
    calculate, cipher, compute, cypher, figure, reckon, work out
    make a mathematical calculation or computation
  2. verb
    retain and refrain from disbursing; of payments
    synonyms: recoup, withhold
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    deduct from someone's wages
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    hold on, keep
    retain possession of
  3. verb
    reason by deduction; establish by deduction
    synonyms: deduce, derive, infer
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    gain knowledge of (an area not known or experienced) by extrapolating
    infer from incomplete evidence
    derive by reason
    type of:
    conclude, reason, reason out
    decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion
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