Meaning of detract in English:

detract

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verb

  • 1detract fromno object Diminish the worth or value of (a quality or achievement)

    ‘these quibbles in no way detract from her achievement’
    • ‘As a result, the case is being made that money spent to minimise risk does not detract from shareholder value, but protects it.’
    • ‘Choose a design that fits in with the style and scale of your home, otherwise you could detract from its value and end up living in a fortress.’
    • ‘There are not many places where you can get into conversation about how to detract from the value of the local housing.’
    • ‘The validity and relevance of some of this ancillary material is questionable and this potentially detracts from the value of the work, overall.’
    • ‘Stylised fantasy environments can work, but here they feel cheap and persistently detract from the film itself.’
    • ‘The low correlation value is therefore explicable and does not detract from the findings.’
    • ‘The cups must be free of any defects that would detract from their appearance or affect their performance.’
    • ‘Breeders of dogs whose tails are docked for cosmetic purposes say a ban would detract from the visual attraction of certain types.’
    • ‘These combine to detract from the beauty of love in its pristine state.’
    • ‘Only the garish turquoise silk tie and the glint in his pale blue eyes detract from this picture of geriatric gentlemanliness.’
    • ‘This is not to detract from his status as The World's Greatest Actor.’
    • ‘His unusual creative process doesn't seem to detract from the final product.’
    • ‘But that can't detract from a fine performance by Collins who dug in and fought to the end.’
    • ‘This had a subtle blend of flavours so as not to detract from the delicate-tasting prawns which were in plentiful supply.’
    • ‘But that should not detract from what was an excellent all-round performance from the home side.’
    • ‘Even a couple of wooden performances don't detract from its appeal.’
    • ‘Here, the backgrounds are obtrusive and detract from the rest of the action.’
    • ‘The weak jokes should not, however, detract from the seriousness of the issue.’
    • ‘All of these signs should be accommodated on one post and thus not detract from the beauty of the surroundings.’
    • ‘And doing the rounds in one day certainly did not detract from the quality of the gifts.’
    belittle, take away from, diminish, reduce, lessen, minimize, lower, make light of, play down, discount, soft-pedal, brush aside, gloss over, trivialize, decry, depreciate, denigrate, devalue, devaluate, deprecate
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    1. 1.1with object Take away (a specified amount) from the worth or value of a quality or achievement.
      ‘it is detracting nothing from his ability to say that he owed the championship to a superior car’
      • ‘The fact Colin never won Olympic gold does not detract one bit from his achievements.’
      • ‘We have had to display a lot more than our own hand-made goods, which does detract a bit from our crafting origins, but we are determined to make a go of it.’
      • ‘Far from having the character of final coda, the added six months would, if he got them, be anticlimactic, detracting a bit from the beauty of his life as a whole.’
      • ‘As with all great bands, such archaeology doesn't detract one iota, but allows us to indulge in a kind of aural watch repairing.’
      • ‘As the proprietor of a project that heavily relies on FIR, I receive a consistent volume of email detracting the method.’
      • ‘There are some graphical problems, and the AI sucks, but that doesn't detract much from the fun of it.’
      • ‘Well, most of the time it is, but the occasional lapse into fairly standard old-school hardcore detracts little from a record bursting with focused energy.’
      • ‘The criterion for success was a polity which detracted least from the pretensions of a sovereign nation to manage its own affairs; reasons for failure can be found largely in the historical burdens carried by all those polities.’
      • ‘Nothing in the voicemail adds or detracts anything from the written consent or to the recorded contemplation of the parties at the time in respect of adversity.’
      • ‘And in a true testimony to the power of the narrative, knowledge of the eventual outcome detracts nothing from the exhilarating story.’
      • ‘It adds and detracts nothing to the formula while being intended as little more than homage to a genre.’
      • ‘It detracts a little from the level of realism but after a while you forget about it.’
      • ‘Today the oil money adds or detracts nothing from the intensity of this celebration.’
      • ‘Kalyan said in a statement that the minister's statement had been a ‘smokescreen aimed at detracting government's feeble track record to date in handling the epidemic’.’
      • ‘The beauty of it all is that neither a limited budget nor a skimpy rehearsal period detracted a jot from the occasion's powerful and memorable impact.’
      • ‘Such criticisms hardly detract much from his singular truthfulness.’
      • ‘And thinking about it that does detract somewhat from his achievement.’
      • ‘The absence of such a discussion detracts somewhat from the book's overall contribution.’
      • ‘Both courses are extensively landscaped, detracting a bit from the natural setting.’
      • ‘But this should not detract greatly from the importance of Berger's larger points.’
  • 2detract someone/something fromwith object Cause someone or something to be distracted or diverted from.

    ‘the complaint was timed to detract attention from the ethics issue’
    • ‘the role did not include operational responsibilities that would detract him from his work’

Origin

Late Middle English from Latin detract- ‘drawn away’, from the verb detrahere, from de- ‘away from’ + trahere ‘draw’.

Pronunciation

detract

/dɪˈtrakt/