Pronunciation: (di-trakt'), [key]
to take away a part, as from quality, value, or reputation (usually fol. by from).
1. to draw away or divert; distract: to detract another's attention from more important issues.
2. Archaic.to take away (a part); abate: The dilapidated barn detracts charm from the landscape.
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