detract

verb de·tract \ di-ˈtrakt , dē- \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of detract

transitive verb
1 archaic : to speak ill of
2 archaic : to take away
3 : divert
  • didn't mean to detract attention from the guest of honor
intransitive verb
: 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 Synonyms

Synonyms
abstract, call off, distract, divert, throw off
Related Words
amuse, beguile, entertain; stray, wander
Near Antonyms
concentrate, focus


DETRACT Defined for Kids

detract

verb de·tract \ di-ˈtrakt \

Definition of detract for Students

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


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