Subtract Sub*tract", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Subtracted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Subtracting}.] [L. subtractus, p. p. of subtrahere to draw from beneath, withdraw, remove; sub under + trahere to draw. See {Trace}, v. t., and cf. {Substract}.] To withdraw, or take away, as a part from the whole; to deduct; as, subtract 5 from 9, and the remainder is 4. [1913 Webster]

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