Definition of detract
1 archaic : to speak ill of
2 archaic : to take away
3 : divert didn't mean to detract attention from the guest of honor
: to diminish the importance, value, or effectiveness of something —often used with from small errors that do not seriously detract from the book
detractorplay \-ˈtrak-tər\ noun
Examples of detract in a sentence
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
Definition of detract for Students
: to take away (as from value or importance) Signs detract from the beauty of the scenery.
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