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Dictionary definition for: Derive

1. (v) reason by deduction; establish by deduction

2. (v) obtain; "derive pleasure from one''s garden"

3. (v) come from; "The present name derives from an older form"

4. (v) develop or evolve, especially from a latent or potential state

5. (v) come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example; "She was descended from an old Italian noble family" "he comes from humble origins"

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