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detract

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verb de·tract \di-ˈtrakt, dē-\

Definition of detract

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to speak ill of

  3. 2 archaic :  to take away

  4. 3 :  divert <detract attention>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to diminish the importance, value, or effectiveness of something —often used with from <small errors that do not seriously detract from the book>

detractor

play \-ˈtrak-tər\ noun


Examples of detract in a sentence

  1. <numerous typos in the text detract the reader's attention from the novel's intricate plot>



Origin and Etymology of detract

Middle English, from Latin detractus, past participle of detrahere to pull down, disparage, from de- + trahere to draw


First Known Use: 15th century



DETRACT Defined for Kids

detract

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verb de·tract \di-ˈtrakt\

Definition of detract for Students

detracted

detracting

  1. :  to take away (as from value or importance) <Signs detract from the beauty of the scenery.>





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