- Detract is defined as to take away from or reduce.
An example of detract is to remove Christmas decorations before a Christmas party, thereby taking away from the setting.
detract definition by Webster's New World
- to take or draw away
- Now Rare to belittle; disparage
Origin: Middle English detracten ; from Classical Latin detractare, to decline, depreciate ; from detractus, past participle of detrahere, to draw away ; from de-, from plush trahere, to draw
- detractor noun
detract definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb de·tract·ed, de·tract·ing, de·tracts verb, transitive
- To draw or take away; divert: They could detract little from so solid an argument.
- Archaic To speak ill of; belittle.
Origin: Middle English detracten, from Latin dētrahere, dētract-, to remove : dē-, de- + trahere, to pull. Sense 2, from Latin dētractāre, frequentative of dētrahere, to take away.
- de·tracˈtor noun