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de·tract

 (dĭ-trăkt′)
v. de·tract·ed, de·tract·ing, de·tracts
v.tr.
To draw or take away; divert: They could detract little from so solid an argument.
v.intr.
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.

[Middle English detracten, from Latin dētrahere, dētract-, to remove : dē-, de- + trahere, to pull.]

de·trac′tor n.

detract

(dɪˈtrækt)
vb
1. (when: intr, usually foll by from) to take away a part (of); diminish: her anger detracts from her beauty.
2. (tr) to distract or divert
3. (tr) obsolete to belittle or disparage
[C15: from Latin dētractus drawn away, from dētrahere to pull away, disparage, from de- + trahere to drag]
deˈtractingly adv
deˈtractive, deˈtractory adj
deˈtractively adv
deˈtractor n
deˈtractress fem n
Usage: Detract is sometimes wrongly used where distract is meant: a noise distracted (not detracted) my attention

de•tract

(dɪˈtrækt)

v.i.
1. to take away a part, as from value or reputation (usu. fol. by from).
v.t.
2. to divert; distract: to detract attention from a problem.
3. Archaic. to take away.
[1400–50; late Middle English (< Middle French detracter) < Latin dētractus, past participle of dētrahere to detach, draw off =dē- de- + trahere to draw]
de•trac′tor, n.

detract


Past participle: detracted
Gerund: detracting

Imperative
detract
detract
Present
I detract
you detract
he/she/it detracts
we detract
you detract
they detract
Preterite
I detracted
you detracted
he/she/it detracted
we detracted
you detracted
they detracted
Present Continuous
I am detracting
you are detracting
he/she/it is detracting
we are detracting
you are detracting
they are detracting
Present Perfect
I have detracted
you have detracted
he/she/it has detracted
we have detracted
you have detracted
they have detracted
Past Continuous
I was detracting
you were detracting
he/she/it was detracting
we were detracting
you were detracting
they were detracting
Past Perfect
I had detracted
you had detracted
he/she/it had detracted
we had detracted
you had detracted
they had detracted
Future
I will detract
you will detract
he/she/it will detract
we will detract
you will detract
they will detract
Future Perfect
I will have detracted
you will have detracted
he/she/it will have detracted
we will have detracted
you will have detracted
they will have detracted
Future Continuous
I will be detracting
you will be detracting
he/she/it will be detracting
we will be detracting
you will be detracting
they will be detracting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been detracting
you have been detracting
he/she/it has been detracting
we have been detracting
you have been detracting
they have been detracting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been detracting
you will have been detracting
he/she/it will have been detracting
we will have been detracting
you will have been detracting
they will have been detracting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been detracting
you had been detracting
he/she/it had been detracting
we had been detracting
you had been detracting
they had been detracting
Conditional
I would detract
you would detract
he/she/it would detract
we would detract
you would detract
they would detract
Past Conditional
I would have detracted
you would have detracted
he/she/it would have detracted
we would have detracted
you would have detracted
they would have detracted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.detract - take away a part from; diminish; "His bad manners detract from his good character"
cut down, reduce, trim back, trim down, cut, cut back, trim, bring down - cut down on; make a reduction in; "reduce your daily fat intake"; "The employer wants to cut back health benefits"

detract

verb
To think, represent, or speak of as small or unimportant:
phrasal verb
detract from
To spoil the soundness or perfection of:
Translations

detract

[dɪˈtrækt] VI to detract from [+ value] → quitar mérito or valor a; [+ reputation] → empañar

detract

[dɪˈtrækt] vi
to detract from [+ quality, pleasure, achievement] → enlever à; [+ reputation, effect] → nuire à

detract

vi to detract from somethingetw beeinträchtigen, einer Sache (dat)Abbruch tun; from pleasure, merit alsoetw schmälern

detract

[dɪˈtrækt] vi to detract from (value) → sminuire; (reputation) → intaccare; (pleasure) → attenuare
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I tried to paint the Negro as I have seen him and as I feel him, in myself without adding or detracting, just being frankly honest," he once said.
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