detract from

phrasal verb

detracted from; detracting from; detracts from
formal
: to reduce the strength, value, or importance of (something)
They worried that the scandal would seriously detract from her chances for reelection.
The overcooked vegetables detracted somewhat from an otherwise fine meal.

Examples of detract from in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Similarly, while some coaching strategies can aid a player’s performance, several studies have shown that abusive coaching can detract from performance, even for the rest of an athlete’s career. Tom Siegfried, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Feb. 2024 On the other hand, a brief Instagram break during lunch can serve as a healthy mental break at work that doesn’t detract from productivity during the workday. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 9 Feb. 2024 Some gun aficionados say that detracts from the authenticity of a show. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 7 Feb. 2024 In a bid to spread into new areas and fend off competitors, TikTok is crowding its app with irksome features, pushing content that detracts from the app’s core experience, and alienating its base of once-loyal users. Thomas Germain / Gizmodo, Quartz, 6 Feb. 2024 Some say that ease can detract from the collective spirit. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Feb. 2024 The sturdy frames cleanly display photos under thick glass, and the simple design won’t detract from the photo inside. Hannah Rice, Rolling Stone, 31 Jan. 2024 Later, Councilmember Tom Cline stressed the need for fair and uniform standards that did not detract from the architecture of downtown. Luis Melecio-Zambrano, The Mercury News, 24 Jan. 2024 However, these new expectations shouldn’t detract from the fact that Medicare Advantage remains a cash cow for the entire insurance industry — and a program filled with pitfalls for the seniors who enroll in it. Bob Herman Reprints, STAT, 22 Jan. 2024 See More

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“Detract from.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/detract%20from. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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