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 didn't mean to detract attention from the guest of honor

  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

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Origin and Etymology of detract

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



DETRACT Defined for Kids

detract

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verb de·tract \di-ˈtrakt\

Definition of detract for Students

detracted

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detracting

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



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