[ 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
OTHER WORDS FROM detractde·tract·ing·ly, adverbde·trac·tor, nounun·de·tract·ing, adjectiveun·de·tract·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use detract in a sentence
Rangel's last gambits verged on the absurd and detracted from his remaining dignity.Rangel's Symbolic Shaming|John Avlon|December 3, 2010|DAILY BEAST
If the fact that she was also proprietress of a good farm detracted nothing from her charms, that was natural enough.Rescue Dog of the High Pass|James Arthur Kjelgaard
And yet I could not avoid doing so, as I can plainly see, without having detracted somewhat of interest from the stories.Shadow, the Mysterious Detective|Police Captain Howard
Besides this, the fact that neither of us understood the language, detracted from the merits of the jests.Three in Norway|James Arthur Lees
Some men at practice probably, but it gave me a wrench and detracted from Adams's dignified bearing.A Woman's Part in a Revolution|Natalie Harris Hammond
But this detracted little from its interest, which lay in the excellent fuel it provided for newly kindled fervour.Return of the Native|Thomas Hardy
British Dictionary definitions for detract
/ (dɪˈtrækt) /
(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
Derived forms of detractdetractingly, adverbdetractive or detractory, adjectivedetractively, adverbdetractor, noun
Word Origin for detract
C15: from Latin dētractus drawn away, from dētrahere to pull away, disparage, from de- + trahere to drag
usage for detract
Detract is sometimes wrongly used where distract is meant: a noise distracted (not detracted) my attention
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