Definition of "detract" []

  • To draw or take away; divert: They could detract little from so solid an argument. (verb-transitive)
  • Archaic To speak ill of; belittle. (verb-transitive)
  • 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. (verb-intransitive)
  • To take away a part (of); diminish (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To distract or divert (verb)
  • To belittle or disparage (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "detract" in a sentence
  • "Let's not detract from the issue at hand, a birth certificate has yet to be produced."
  • "Although that will detract from the street cred of that bearded homeless person look he cultivates."
  • "It is because of their commitment and refusal to detract from the cause that the interim government has been forced to gag the media."