de tractor

detract

[dih-trakt]
verb (used without object)
1.
to take away a part, as from quality, value, or reputation (usually followed by from ).
verb (used with object)
2.
to draw away or divert; distract: to detract another's attention from more important issues.
3.
Archaic. to take away (a part); abate: The dilapidated barn detracts charm from the landscape.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English (< Middle French detracter) < Latin dētractus drawn away (past participle of dētrahere), equivalent to dē- de- + tractus drawn; see tract1

detractingly, adverb
detractor, noun
undetracting, adjective
undetractingly, adverb
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detract (dɪˈtrækt)
 
vb (when intr, usually foll by from)
1.  to take away a part (of); diminish: her anger detracts from her beauty
2.  (tr) to distract or divert
3.  obsolete (tr) to belittle or disparage
 
[C15: from Latin dētractus drawn away, from dētrahere to pull away, disparage, from de- + trahere to drag]
 
usage  Detract is sometimes wrongly used where distract is meant: a noise distracted (not detracted) my attention
 
de'tractingly
 
adv
 
de'tractive
 
adj
 
de'tractory
 
adj
 
de'tractively
 
adv
 
de'tractor
 
n

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detract
c.1500, from L. detractus, pp. of detrahere "to draw off" (see detraction).
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