[ UK /dɪtɹˈækt/ ]
[ US /dɪˈtɹækt/ ]
  1. take away a part from; diminish
    His bad manners detract from his good character
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How To Use detract In A Sentence

  • The timing of the minister's visit, however, could somewhat detract from the goodwill it's supposed to generate.
  • The two-piece brass section added a full and funky sound that helped detract from the sameness and blandness of many of Mayer's songs.
  • These small detractions don't stop Raimi's film from being a superlative movie, a rare sequel that betters its predecessor, a rare blockbuster that has an emotional heart.
  • There's also a notable kitsch factor about the place -- the trashy menu, the lowbrow drink selection (Mad Dog and brands of beer you swore you'd never drink again), the neon band-logo signage and the retro tuneage -- that has prompted some detractors to grumble that the brashness is a little Westword | Complete Issue
  • All of these signs should be accommodated on one post and thus not detract from the beauty of the surroundings.
  • That sort of warm repartee - delivered, as always, with a hearty guffaw - is one of the things Beazley detractors are suspicious about.
  • However, I was fully under the impression that he had memorised every word, not that this in any way detracted from the presentation. Treat Your Presentation Like A Performance To Nail Timing, Delivery | Lifehacker Australia
  • Because if I'm going to fly in the face of possible detractors I'd prefer to do it with pretty hair.
  • La gente que se siente afectada por no tener el ultimo chichito tecnologico o pagarlo un poco más, solo piensan en su hedonismo y no en el país, que sí necesita afianzar su industria, como la supo tener y que necesita dar trabajo a los argentinos, en lugar de darle trabajo a los obreros de otras latitudes; es muy mezquina la actitud de los detractores a esta idea. Global Voices in English » Argentina: Proposal to Increase Taxes on Some Technology Products
  • The human heads which ornamented the arms of the chair were obtrusive, and detracted from the dignity which the artist succeeded in gaining in the figure. Edmonia Lewis’s “Death of Cleopatra” | Edwardian Promenade
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