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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

derivation of, derive from

Derivation refers to sources or roots and is always followed by the preposition of.

  • Do you know the derivation of the word “salary”?

Derive can mean “to obtain something” or “to have roots in something,” and is always followed by the preposition from.

  • Although we enjoy canoeing and other water sports, we derive the most pleasure from sailing on the Ottawa River.
  • Many of the English words for live animals derive from Germanic and Anglo-Saxon roots, but our words for their meat are derived from Norman French.