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
  1. verb
    come from
    “The present name derives from an older form”
    come, descend
    come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example
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    type of:
    undergo development or evolution
  2. verb
    derive pleasure from one's garden”
    synonyms: gain
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    draw, reap
    get or derive
    type of:
    come into possession of
  3. verb
    reason by deduction; establish by deduction
    synonyms: deduce, deduct, 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
  4. verb
    develop or evolve from a latent or potential state
    synonyms: educe
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    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
  5. verb
    come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example
    synonyms: come, descend
    come, hail
    be a native of
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