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detract

[ dih-trakt ]
/ dɪˈtrækt /
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verb (used without object)

to take away a part, as from quality, value, or reputation (usually followed by from).

verb (used with object)

to draw away or divert; distract: to detract another's attention from more important issues.
Archaic. to take away (a part); abate: The dilapidated barn detracts charm from the landscape.

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Origin of detract

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Middle French detracter or directly from Latin dētractus “drawn away” (past participle of dētrahere ), equivalent to dē- de- + tractus “drawn”; see tract1
de·tract·ing·ly, adverbde·trac·tor, nounun·de·tract·ing, adjectiveun·de·tract·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for detract

detract
/ (dɪˈtrækt) /

verb

(when intr, usually foll by from) to take away a part (of); diminishher anger detracts from her beauty
(tr) to distract or divert
(tr) obsolete to belittle or disparage
detractingly, adverbdetractive or detractory, adjectivedetractively, adverbdetractor, noun
C15: from Latin dētractus drawn away, from dētrahere to pull away, disparage, from de- + trahere to drag
Detract is sometimes wrongly used where distract is meant: a noise distracted (not detracted) my attention
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