Detract meaning

dĭ-trăkt
To draw or take away; divert.

They could detract little from so solid an argument.

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To take or draw away.
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(intransitive) To take away; to withdraw or remove.
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To belittle; disparage.
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To take something desirable away (from)

Frowning detracts from her beauty.

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To take credit or reputation from; to defame or decry.
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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.

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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.

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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