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[dih-duhkt] /dɪˈdʌkt/
verb (used with object)
to take away, as from a sum or amount:
Once you deduct your expenses, there is nothing left.
verb (used without object)
detract; abate (usually followed by from):
The rocky soil deducts from the value of his property.
Origin of deduct
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin dēductus brought down, withdrawn, past participle of dēdūcere; see deduce
Related forms
prededuct, verb (used with object)
undeducted, adjective
Can be confused
deduce, deduct.
1. See subtract.
add. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for deduct
  • Doe takes advantage of the offer, buys the computer and tries to deduct its cost.
  • They predict that more colleges will choose to deduct gift fees from new.
  • One must then deduct that credit because he makes ignorant and curmudgeonly statements.
  • Scanners would deduct the cost of a fare every time its user climbs aboard a bus or other vehicle.
  • Online robot instructors were tried, but they had no paychecks from which to deduct their maintenance costs.
  • Owner-occupiers typically pay no tax on capital gains and can deduct mortgage interest from their income-tax bills.
  • Perhaps some way for homeowners to deduct a portion of the loss from the sale of an underwater house could help too.
  • Or you might deduct the funds from a simple check book, knowing that the funds haven't actually gone out.
  • Some retailers inflate the amount they deduct and then press the supplier to meet them in the middle.
  • In addition, you can exclude or deduct certain foreign housing amounts.
British Dictionary definitions for deduct


(transitive) to take away or subtract (a number, quantity, part, etc): income tax is deducted from one's wages
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dēductus, past participle of dēdūcere to deduce
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Word Origin and History for deduct

early 15c., from Latin deductus, past participle of deducere "lead down, bring away;" see deduce, with which it formerly was interchangeable. Technically, deduct refers to taking away portions or amounts; subtract to taking away numbers. Related: Deducted; deducting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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