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verb detract pronunciation in British English /dɪˈtrækt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participledetracting
past tensedetracted
past participledetracted

phrasal verb

detract from

Word Forms
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.


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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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