Definition of detract in English:

detract

verb

  • 1detract from[no object] Reduce or take away the worth or value of.

    ‘these quibbles in no way detract from her achievement’
    • ‘The weak jokes should not, however, detract from the seriousness of the issue.’
    • ‘But that can't detract from a fine performance by Collins who dug in and fought to the end.’
    • ‘This is not to detract from his status as The World's Greatest Actor.’
    • ‘As a result, the case is being made that money spent to minimise risk does not detract from shareholder value, but protects it.’
    • ‘His unusual creative process doesn't seem to detract from the final product.’
    • ‘The low correlation value is therefore explicable and does not detract from the findings.’
    • ‘But that should not detract from what was an excellent all-round performance from the home side.’
    • ‘All of these signs should be accommodated on one post and thus not detract from the beauty of the surroundings.’
    • ‘The cups must be free of any defects that would detract from their appearance or affect their performance.’
    • ‘Stylised fantasy environments can work, but here they feel cheap and persistently detract from the film itself.’
    • ‘The validity and relevance of some of this ancillary material is questionable and this potentially detracts from the value of the work, overall.’
    • ‘These combine to detract from the beauty of love in its pristine state.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here, the backgrounds are obtrusive and detract from the rest of the action.’
    • ‘This had a subtle blend of flavours so as not to detract from the delicate-tasting prawns which were in plentiful supply.’
    • ‘Only the garish turquoise silk tie and the glint in his pale blue eyes detract from this picture of geriatric gentlemanliness.’
    • ‘Even a couple of wooden performances don't detract from its appeal.’
    • ‘And doing the rounds in one day certainly did not detract from the quality of the gifts.’
    • ‘Breeders of dogs whose tails are docked for cosmetic purposes say a ban would detract from the visual attraction of certain types.’
    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. 1.1[with object] Deny or take away (a quality or achievement) so as to make its subject seem less impressive.
      ‘it detracts not one iota from the credit due to them’
      • ‘The absence of such a discussion detracts somewhat from the book's overall contribution.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘It detracts a little from the level of realism but after a while you forget about it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As with all great bands, such archaeology doesn't detract one iota, but allows us to indulge in a kind of aural watch repairing.’
      • ‘Both courses are extensively landscaped, detracting a bit from the natural setting.’
      • ‘Such criticisms hardly detract much from his singular truthfulness.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But this should not detract greatly from the importance of Berger's larger points.’
      • ‘And in a true testimony to the power of the narrative, knowledge of the eventual outcome detracts nothing from the exhilarating story.’
      • ‘Today the oil money adds or detracts nothing from the intensity of this celebration.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The fact Colin never won Olympic gold does not detract one bit from his achievements.’
      • ‘It adds and detracts nothing to the formula while being intended as little more than homage to a genre.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And thinking about it that does detract somewhat from his achievement.’
  • 2detract someone/something from[with object] Divert or distract (someone or something) away from.

    ‘the complaint was timed to detract attention from the ethics issue’
    • ‘No worldly temptation was enough to detract him from the ultimate aim of human life.’
    • ‘The pain momentarily stunned him but not enough to detract his attention from her.’
    • ‘This is to detract the attention of the people from the terrible times in Rome.’
    • ‘The best policy is to put money into exterminating the disease and nothing must detract us from this.’
    • ‘Whatever the method, one can only assume that she successfully detracts attention away from her face.’
    • ‘Others say she is detracting attention from the presidential hopeful, which could cost him the Oval office.’
    • ‘At 15 tracks long, Sound Of The Underground does seem drag on towards the end but don't let that detract you from the fact that this really is an impressive debut.’
    • ‘The allegations would have detracted me from my election campaign.’
    • ‘‘Bad’ diction is really speech that calls attention to itself, detracting the listener's attention from what is being said.’
    • ‘Sets and costumes are simple yet adequate but this should not detract you from acquiring this competitively priced package that offers an outstanding performance.’
    • ‘Further, the developing countries did not want environmental issues to unduly detract them from the primary task of development and eradication of poverty.’
    • ‘De Lorean succeeded by projecting a glorious vision of the future which detracted policy makers' attention from their dry but prescient statistical analyses.’
    • ‘One way of hiding the leaves is to grow the bulbs near or through other plants that will provide cover or detract the eye.’
    • ‘Let me also say that my motive is not to detract attention from the noble few who set examples on which we can draw.’
    • ‘Maybe it's because titles mean detracting attention from the music itself.’
    • ‘But she stresses the short lifespan of a football career should not detract girls from getting involved in the sport.’
    • ‘Concentration on fluctuations in oil prices has detracted attention from the fundamental changes occurring in world oil and gas markets.’
    • ‘Icann said the lawsuit was an attempt to detract attention from its upcoming meeting in Vancouver.’
    • ‘The terraced landscaping on the entrance from the Tullow Road detracts the eye from some poor rear boundaries to dwellings on this entrance.’
    • ‘But these should not detract us from enjoying a book that, even if at times quite demanding, will enhance our understanding of numbers and make us appreciate their history.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

detract

/dəˈtrakt/