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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
References in classic literature ?
He is so; but then he is wholly uneducated: he is as silent as a Turk, and a kind of ignorant carelessness attends him, which, while it renders his conduct the more astonishing, detracts from the interest and sympathy which otherwise he would command.
Only in the colour of their skin did they differ materially from us; that is of the appearance of polished ebony, and odd as it may seem for a Southerner to say it, adds to rather than detracts from their marvellous beauty.
If, then, the penetrative power of telescopes has not been further increased, it is because that power detracts from their light; and the moon, which is but a reflecting mirror, does not give back sufficient light to enable us to perceive objects of lesser magnitude.
Not once did I look behind me, since every unnecessary movement in swimming detracts so much from one's endurance speed.
The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.
She was growing a little stout, but it did not seem to detract an iota from the grace of every step, pose, gesture.
But they would have been improved by some share of his frankness and warmth; and her visit was long enough to detract something from their first admiration, by shewing that, though perfectly well-bred, she was reserved, cold, and had nothing to say for herself beyond the most common-place inquiry or remark.
But, not to detract from a nation, to which, during my life, I shall acknowledge myself extremely obliged, it must be allowed, that whatever this famous tower wants in height, is amply made up in beauty and strength: for the walls are near a hundred feet thick, built of hewn stone, whereof each is about forty feet square, and adorned on all sides with statues of gods and emperors, cut in marble, larger than the life, placed in their several niches.
Your picture is so fine that my observation cannot detract from it, and, besides, it is only my personal opinion.
Morison was one that was not at all calculated to detract from the glory of the house of Baynes, or from that of its representative.
Nor will it detract from the interest they will all feel when they learn that the man whom madame entertained is a Russian servant--her brother's valet, to be quite exact.