Meaning of DERIVE in English


de ‧ rive W3 AC /dɪˈraɪv/ BrE AmE verb

[ Word Family: verb : ↑ derive ; noun : ↑ derivative ]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: French ; Origin: dériver , from Latin derivare 'to draw out water' , from rivus 'stream' ]

1 . [transitive] to get something, especially an advantage or a pleasant feeling, from something

derive something from something

Medically, we will derive great benefit from this technique.

derive pleasure/enjoyment etc

Many students derived enormous satisfaction from the course.

2 . ( also be derived ) [intransitive and transitive] to develop or come from something else ⇨ derivation

derive from

This word is derived from Latin.

patterns of behaviour that derive from basic beliefs


In everyday English, people usually say that something comes from something rather than is derived from something:

This word comes from Latin.

3 . [transitive] technical to get a chemical substance from another substance

be derived from something

The enzyme is derived from human blood.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.