Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

detract (from)

detractdetract from
Meaning(s)
1) diminish or impact someone/something negatively
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • detract from an achievement/enjoyment/appearance
  • Analysis

    The verb to detract means to diminish the worth of something or the value of something or order to reduce the importance of something. To detract from something means to take away something or to make something seem less valuable or important than it is. You can also detract attention from something by taking focus or attention away from it.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The heavy rain is really detracting from my enjoyment of this walk. To make things worse, I left my umbrella in the car!
    2. The poor sound quality detracts from the enjoyment of the podcast.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Even though Alice has a tendency to blow a fuse from time to time, it does not detract from the fact that she is a fantastic boss who always gives her best.
    2. Peter's insensitive joke really detracted from what had been an excellent sales pitch up until that point. He needs to be more careful in future.
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