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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb De*rive"
  1. To turn the course of, as water; to divert and distribute into subordinate channels; to diffuse; to communicate; to transmit; -- followed by to into on upon.(Obs)"For fear it [water] choke up the pits . . . they [the workman derive it by other drains." [Holland.]"Her due loves derived to that vile witch's share." [Spenser.]" Derived to us by tradition from Adam to Noah." [Jer. Taylor.]
  2. To receive, as from a source or origin; to obtain by descent or by transmission; to draw; to deduce; -- followed by from.
  3. To trace the origin, descent, or derivation of; to recognize transmission of; as, he derives this word from the Anglo-Saxon."From these two causes . . . an ancient set of physicians derived all diseases." [Arbuthnot.]
  4. [Chem] To obtain one substance from another by actual or theoretical substitution; as, to derive an organic acid from its corresponding hydrocarbon.
    synonyms: To trace; deduce; infer.

Etymology: F. dériver, L. derivare; de- + rivus stream, brook. See Rival

verb De*rive"
To flow; to have origin; to descend; to proceed; to be deduced.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Develop or evolve from a latent or potential state
  2. Come from ("The present name derives from an older form")
  3. Reason by deduction; establish by deduction
  4. Obtain ("derive pleasure from one's garden")
  5. Come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example

Fun Facts about the name Derive

  • How unique is the name Derive? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Derive was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Derive: Your name in reverse order is Evired. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Edvrie. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Derive born Jun 6, 1968

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Romania approximately on 1200. Your profession was philosopher and thinker.

Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. It always seemed to you, that your perceptions of the world are somewhat different. Your lesson - to trust your intuition as your best guide in present life.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).