Meaning of deduce

de•duce

Pronunciation: (di-ds', -dys'), [key]
— -duced, -duc•ing.
  1. to derive as a conclusion from something known or assumed; infer: From the evidence the detective deduced that the gardener had done it.
  2. to trace the derivation of; trace the course of: to deduce one's lineage.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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