from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To draw or take away; divert: They could detract little from so solid an argument.
- transitive v. Archaic To speak ill of; belittle.
- intransitive v. 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To take away; to withdraw or remove.
- v. To take credit or reputation from; to defame or decry.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To take away; to withdraw.
- transitive v. To take credit or reputation from; to defame.
- intransitive v. To take away a part or something, especially from one's credit; to lessen reputation; to derogate; to defame; -- often with from.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To take away; withdraw; abate: now always with a quantitative term as direct object, followed by from: as, the defect detracts little from the intrinsic value.
- To depreciate the reputation or merit of; disparage; belittle; defame.
- Synonyms Decry, Depreciate, Detract from, etc. See decry.
- To take away a part; hence, specifically, to take away reputation or merit: followed by from.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. take away a part from; diminish
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.
Media presence can detract from the performance and the children's experience due to lights and crowded conditions.
In the same way that a true movie fan won't go to Dark Knight or Iron Man in the first week because the theater will be crowded and he or she runs the risk of having rude people make noise during the broadcast which would detract from the experience?
DIALOGUE: Dialogue can enhance or detract from the story in a major way.
(Not to detract from the poster -- very cool, and I wish I had the spare computers to do it, I'm just disinclined to purchase one specifically for use in the kitchen .. at least, not in this shithole apartment) mgpcoe
I hope, though, that this point doesn't detract from the overall argument of my post.
The mere fact they've already beaten the Cardinals this season by 28 and 39 points should not detract from the appeal.
Another Zen point — that adverse conditions do not detract from the fact of you.