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Definition of subtract verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

subtract

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//səbˈtrækt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səbˈtrækt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they subtract
BrE BrE//səbˈtrækt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səbˈtrækt//
 
he / she / it subtracts
BrE BrE//səbˈtrækts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səbˈtrækts//
 
past simple subtracted
BrE BrE//səbˈtræktɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səbˈtræktɪd//
 
past participle subtracted
BrE BrE//səbˈtræktɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səbˈtræktɪd//
 
-ing form subtracting
BrE BrE//səbˈtræktɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səbˈtræktɪŋ//
 
Mathematical terminology
 
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[transitive, intransitive] subtract (something) (from something) to take a number or an amount away from another number or amount synonym take (12) 6 subtracted from 9 is 3 If you subtract 6 from 9, you get 3. opposite add See related entries: Mathematical terminology Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin subtract- ‘drawn away’, from sub- ‘from below’ + trahere ‘to draw’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: subtract