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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 Latin dēductus brought down, withdrawn, past participle of dēdūcere; see deduce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 deducted
  • The amount generated to the grid is deducted from your power bill each month.
  • Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance.
  • Make your order, and the money is automatically deducted from your linked credit card account.
  • Instead, the toll is wirelessly deducted from an account into which you've already placed money.
  • Specific amounts could be automatically deducted from their salaries and transferred into savings, unless they say otherwise.
  • Two warp drives have been deducted from your credit.
  • They earn grades based on their performance in writing, but points are deducted for missing drafts or spelling errors.
  • When you enroll, you set the total amount for the coming calendar year that you wish to have deducted from your paycheck.
  • It paid her a pitiable amount, further reduced once the cost of a sitter was deducted.
  • In them savings grow tax-free and, as an additional plum, the current year's contributions may be deducted from state taxes.
British Dictionary definitions for deducted


(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 deducted



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.

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