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. 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)
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)
Synonym: to trace, deduce, infer.