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detract

de·tract

detract

pronunciation:
dih traekt
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
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part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to diminish or take away (often fol. by from).
His table manners detracted from an otherwise favorable impression.A flaw in the diamond detracted from its value.
synonyms:
take
similar words:
diminish, lessen, lower
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: detracted, detracting, detracts
definition: to cause to be diverted or distracted.
No efforts on our part could detract him from his purpose.
similar words:
deflect, distract, divert
derivations: detractingly (adv.), detraction (n.), detractor (n.)