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verb     derive pronunciation in American English
/dɪˈraɪv/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyderive
he/she/itderives
present participlederiving
past tensederived
past participlederived
  1. 1
    [transitive] to receive or obtain something from something else
    be derived from something:

    products that are derived from animals

    derive something from something:

    They derive such great enjoyment from these simple games.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to have something as an origin
      derive from:

      Their fear derives from a belief that these people have supernatural powers.

  2. 2
    [transitive] chemistry to get a chemical substance from another substance
  3. 3
    [transitive] linguistics to form one word or phrase from another, or to say that a word or phrase developed from another
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