Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

detract

 - definitions and thesaurus
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb detract pronunciation in British English /dɪˈtrækt/
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theydetract
he/she/itdetracts
present participledetracting
past tensedetracted
past participledetracted

phrasal verb

detract from

[transitive]
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theydetract from
he/she/itdetracts from
present participledetracting from
past tensedetracted from
past participledetracted from
detract from something to make something seem less good, attractive, or important
We should not allow her personal difficulties to detract from her public achievements.

free-from

used to describe foods which don't contain ingredients such as wheat, dairy products etc …

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

red market

the buying and selling of human organs

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog