Detract is defined as to take away from or reduce.(verb)
An example of detract is to remove Christmas decorations before a Christmas party, thereby taking away from the setting.
See detract in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME detracten < L detractare, to decline, depreciate < detractus, pp. of detrahere, to draw away < de-, from + trahere, to draw
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verb de·tract·ed, de·tract·ing, de·tracts verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English detracten
Origin: , from Latin dētrahere, dētract-, to remove
Origin: : dē-, de-
Origin: + trahere, to pull
Origin: . Sense 2, from Latin dētractāre
Origin: , frequentative of dētrahere, to take away.
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