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
Recent Examples of detract from the Web
That detracts a bit from Simons’ extra layer of otherworldliness that a disembodied voice adds to Brautigan’s bizarre post-apocalyptic tale of a world called iDEATH.
Angelos wanted to fire Regan after the Orioles’ disappointing season reached a nadir with four straight losses in Boston, but the owner held off, thinking a change would detract from the streak celebration soon to occur.
Of course, the military’s instrumentalization of large crowds June 30 does not detract from the significant popular opposition to Morsi’s divisive and frequently incompetent presidency.
Rather than detracting from its variety, joining the union has simply added another layer of identity to this state.
The rest required no adornment, though a drizzle of that salsa certainly didn’t detract.
LOS ANGELES — Not even the Julio Urias season-ending surgery news can detract the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are on a hitting tear.
Just 30 percent of any exposed skin, such as an arm, can be tattooed, and then the images or words can’t be offensive or detract from a professional image.
The collection was muted but that did not detract from its beauty. ___ This story has been corrected to show that Vuitton designer Kim Jones is a man, not a woman.
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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
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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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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