Detract Definition

detracted, detracts
detracted, detracts
To take or draw away.
Webster's New World
To take something desirable away (from)
Frowning detracts from her beauty.
Webster's New World
To reduce the value, importance, or quality of something. Often used with from .
Testimony that only detracts from the strength of the plaintiff's case.
American Heritage
To belittle; disparage.
Webster's New World

(intransitive) To take away; to withdraw or remove.


Origin of Detract

  • Middle English detracten from Latin dētrahere dētract- to remove dē- de- trahere to pull

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French détracter, from Latin detractum, past participle of detraho.

    From Wiktionary

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