detract definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To draw and take away; divert: they are able to detract little from therefore solid a disagreement.
    • Archaic To talk sick of; belittle.
    • To take away; to withdraw.
    • To simply take credit or reputation from; to defame.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To reduce the worthiness, importance, or quality of one thing. Frequently used in combination with from: testimony that just detracts through the power of the plaintiff's case.
    • To remove a part or something, especially from a single's credit; to lessen reputation; to derogate; to defame; -- usually with off.
  • verb:
    • To eliminate; to withdraw or pull.
    • To just take credit or reputation from; to defame or decry.
    • remove a part from; diminish
  • others:
    • To take away; withdraw; abate: today constantly with a quantitative term as direct object, followed by off: as, the defect detracts little from intrinsic value.
    • To depreciate the reputation or merit of; disparage; belittle; defame.
    • Synonyms Decry, Depreciate, Detract from, etc. See decry.
    • To remove a component; therefore, particularly, to take away reputation or quality: accompanied by from.

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