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She likes to win, but she doesn’t derive pleasure from watching others lose.
  to get something from something else

(If the context doesn’t otherwise indicate where something came from, it is generally from reasoning—especially deductive reasoning.)
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  • She likes to win, but she doesn’t derive pleasure from watching others lose.
  • I derive pleasure from my work.
  • He worked to derive the laws of nature.
  • ...use the calculations to derive engineering approximations for...

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  • derive stem cells from embryos
  • —That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • Okonkwo turned from one side to the other and derived a kind of pleasure from the pain his back gave him.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • In a house where there was little money and little food, your power was derived from who you could order around.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • Three-quarters of his vocabulary is derived from these regions, and they give an intimate flavour to expressions of his greatest joy as well as of his deepest indignation.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • That person is the person from whom you derive your expectations, and the secret is solely held by that person and by me.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations

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  • From my infancy I was noted for the docility and humanity of my
    disposition. My tenderness of heart was even so conspicuous as to make
    me the jest of my companions. I was especially fond of animals, and .... This peculiarity of character grew with my growth, and in my manhood, I derived from it one of my principal sources of pleasure.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • Atticus derived a reasonable income from the law.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • An attractive, aristocratic Parisienne was deriving special pleasure from the game.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • This unhappy person had effected such a transformation by devoting himself for seven years to the constant analysis of a heart full of torture, and deriving his enjoyment thence, and adding fuel to those fiery tortures which he analysed and gloated over.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Yet he enjoys one comfort, the offspring of solitude and delirium; he believes that when in dreams he holds converse with his friends and derives from that communion consolation for his miseries or excitements to his vengeance, that they are not the creations of his fancy, but the beings themselves who visit him from the regions of a remote world.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Women derive a pleasure, incomprehensible to the other sex, from the delicate toil of the needle.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • To those who have cherished an affection for a faithful and sagacious dog, I need hardly be at the trouble of explaining the nature or the intensity of the gratification thus derivable.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • As I never saw my father or my mother, and never saw any likeness of either of them (for their days were long before the days of photographs), my first fancies regarding what they were like were unreasonably derived from their tombstones.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • The inherent dangerousness of the enterprise appealed to her far more than the game itself; she was not good enough at arithmetic to care whether she won or lost, there was no real joy in trying to beat the law of averages, but she derived some pleasure from deceiving Miss Blunt.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • The existence of angels and demons in the world of Shadowhunters is the ur-myth from which every other aspect of the stories is derived.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • The tension I observed in Nora derived from how many "contracts" were available, whether she and Jack could fulfill them, and whether the units of drugs would actually arrive as scheduled—all factors that seemed to change at a moment’s notice.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • The weather was generally good, and the sensation of freedom which we derived from the limitless land was as invigorating as the wide-ranging life we led.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • A straight line would cut apart the leaf and so a curling alphabet was derived from its Indian cousin.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Everything else — from ambition to love to despair — derives in some way from this single powerful emotion.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • And I feel pretty safe saying that I rarely read anything for pleasure, although I’ve derived what I could call pure ecstasy obsessing over lines from T. S. Eliot or Gerard Manley Hopkins, my little Oxford English Dictionary, magnifying glass in hand, hellbent on getting at that one true meaning.
    Kaye Gibbons  --  My Mother, Literature, and a Life Split Neatly into Two Halves
  • Soon we derived a game out of it.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The name derives from my prep-school days down in my native state of Virginia.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The stench apparently derived from the fact that Davie Beaton had seen no particular benefit to cleaning his instruments between uses.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • But to her credit, Parwana did not seem to derive any satisfaction from hitting him.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Watanabe derived another pleasure from violence.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Babi taught her to derive the quadratic equation, showed her how to factor polynomials and plot parametric curves.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • A name derived from the fanciful resemblance to the sound produced by cocking a rifle.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • You will accomplish what I was to have done, and derive all the honor and profit from it.’
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • It is probable that the craft of building, as many other crafts beside, was derived from the Dunedain.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • In fact, doing so would have forever connected Henrietta and her family with the cells and any medical information eventually derived from their DNA.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • All the benefit he might derive from a course of treatment he would lose as a result of the disputes about Buonaparte which would be inevitable.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The mine had a lot of the solvent derived from coal tar, but it was too volatile.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their powers from the consent of the governed.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • It didn’t compare with the satisfaction derived from nursing a human being, but in some way it was similar.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • In no instance, let us say, was this worthy gentleman accused of deriving personal advantage from the cooperation of his minions.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • The mystical teachings of the Kabbala drew heavily on anagrams—rearranging the letters of Hebrew words to derive new meanings.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Don’t you tell us all, once a year, that governments derive their just power from the consent of the governed?
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • If she desired to go, she might: the nuisance of her presence outweighs the gratification to be derived from tormenting her!’
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Is it possible that irony is derived from it?
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He reluctantly admitted that he could not sit still and with a mental slate and pencil derive an answer.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • We became silent, and stood watching for a time side by side, deriving, I fancy, a certain comfort in one another’s company.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Certainly her strongest trait, the talent that gave support to all the others, derived from her father: a fine-honed sense of organization.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • My mother had what we called "Thomas hands," a tag derived from her maiden name: hands that hit so hard you had to be hit only once to know you never wanted to be hit again.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • The white marbles, which are derived from the recrystallization of limestone, the onyx marbles which are chemical deposits of calcium carbonate, and the green marbles which consist mainly of hydrous magnesium silicate or serpentine.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • His grand distinguishing feature, the fin, from which he derives his name, is often a conspicuous object.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
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