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Definition of the verb deduct

What does deduct mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: deducted | deducting | deducts

  1. make a subtraction
  2. retain and refrain from disbursing; of payments
    • example: They deduct the money
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of deduct: recoup / withhold
    • more generic terms: hold on / keep = retain possession of
    • more specific word: dock = deduct from someone's wages
  3. reason by deduction; establish by deduction
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Product]He deduced the truth about the story
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Product] from [Material]He deduced the truth from the facts
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Product, that-complement clause]He deduced that this factor must have influenced the system
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] from [Material] [Product, that-complement clause]He deduced that she was a spy from miniature camera she had in her pen

      Verbs of Deducing (with the same syntax): conceive, conclude, deduce, derive, disprove, gather, infer, prove, rationalize, reason, reason out.

    • domain: logic / logical system / system of logic
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of deduct: deduce / derive / infer
    • more generic terms: conclude / reason / reason out = decide by reasoning
    • more specific words:
      • extrapolate = gain knowledge of (an area not known or experienced) by extrapolating
      • surmise = infer from incomplete evidence
      • elicit = derive by reason

Alternative definition of the verb deduct


  1. To take one thing from another; remove from; make smaller by some amount.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for deduct

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Google previewHoneyball and Bowers' Textbook on Employment Law (2014)

by Simon Honeyball

recover twice: Jobseeker's Allowance and Income Support received during the period of notice for which damages can be gained are deducted (Parsons v BNM Laboratories Ltd (1964)). The correct figure to deduct is the net sum (Westwood ...

Google previewLandlord and Tenant (1998)

by Steven D. Strauss

deduct is that when large amounts of money are collected, large items can be fixed. It is critical to keep immaculate records. Members of the union as well as the judge who may eventually review what has happened will want to see what the ...

Google previewChambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)

by Various

Deduct′, to take from: to separate: to subtract. —adj.Deduct′ible.—n.Deduc ′tion, (1) the actof deducing: that whichis deduced: the drawingofaparticular truthfrom a general, antecedently known,asdistinguished from Induction, rising from ...

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

Deduct the descent of ground from A to E, suppose 24 This remainder would be the depth, if the coal was lerel 56 Bat as the coal rises one in ten feet, then deduct what it rises in 500 yards, which is 50 And the remainder is the depth of the ...

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

Deduct the descent of gTOund from A to E, suppose 24 This remainder would be the depth, if the coal was level 56 But as the coal rises one in ten feet, then deduct what it rises in 500 yards, which is 50 And the remainder is the depth of the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Financial and Personal Survival (1980)

650 Coping Strategies by Kaiman Lee, Rita Shiao-Yuan Yang

ENTERTAINMENT DEDUCTIONS Entertainment with a direct business benefit is the easiest to deduct. For example, there's absolutely no problem with deducting the cost of having a business meal - say, dinner with a client or business ...

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Deduct Meaning

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If you are truly serious abut preparing your child for the future, don't teach him to subtract teach him to deduct. (Fran Lebowitz)
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Scrabble value of D2E1D2U1C3T1

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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