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Main Entry: de·tract
Pronunciation: di-'trakt, dE-
Function: verb
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin detractus, past participle of detrahere to pull down, disparage, from de- + trahere to draw
Date: 15th century
transitive verb
1 archaic : to speak ill of
2 archaic : to take away
3 : DIVERT <detract attention>
intransitive verb : to diminish the importance, value, or effectiveness of something -- often used with from <small errors that do not seriously detract from the book>
- de·trac·tor /-'trak-t&r/ noun

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