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detract from (someone or something)

To impact someone or something negatively; to diminish someone or something. Unfortunately, that outdated kitchen detracts from the overall value of your house. His lies detracted from his otherwise stellar record as a senator.
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detract from someone or something

to lessen or diminish someone or something. The large pieces of furniture detracted from the lovely design in the carpet. Alice's quiet demeanor did not detract from her grace and beauty.
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detract from

To reduce a quality, importance, or some other value; diminish something: The dent on the side of the car detracts from its overall value. The politician's uneven voting record detracted from his chances of winning the election.
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If you decide to go for variegated leaves, plant with large blooms as a pattern of yellow or white and green can detract from small-flowered plants.
Councillor Berman, who is Jewish, said: 'We should not allow what is a trivial matter to detract from the event which is about learning from the mistakes of the past.
The jury commended the boldness yet delicacy of the light-filled oval structures, which in no way detract from their fine setting, but gently add to the precious cityscape.
Miliwork wall base features a smooth, nonfading surface with no knots or grain to detract from its appearance.
But Justice Schnall noted that "the fact that the parents believe that they strike their children out of love, and that they are obliged to do so because of the teachings of the Bible as interpreted by their Church, does not detract from the view that excessive force cannot be condoned, under any circumstances.
The planned park on Horseshoe Shoals in Nantucket Sound has drawn criticism from local officials who feel that the site will detract from the natural beauty of the region and commercial fishermen who fear damage to a prime fishing area.
The fact that the Iranian state has maintained many of its authoritarian and arbitrary tendencies should not detract from this fact about t he fundamental change in the structure of authority and its relations to the society.
On the other hand, the selectmen worried that allowing such a variety of unattended structures -- and livestock -- to clutter the Green would disturb the historic ambiance of the area and detract from the residents' and tourists' experience of the town.
The overgrown areas are thought to detract from new investments in the city.
Those familiar with Charles Moore's performance of the dance on the videotape Black Dance in America might find an unexpected haughtiness in Harris's sharp head gestures, but these barely detract from the elegance of a performance that encapsulates the strengths of the company.
The detailed stories of African and Afro-Creole families that Professor Hall relates are fascinating, but at times detract from the book's arguments.
Suffice it to say, her anticapitalist excursions belong in another book, because in this one they detract from her presentation and bait the reader into arguing with her, as when she declares that Henry Ford's introduction of the moving assembly line was intended to discipline labor.
Does time spent performing consultations significantly detract from education and research?
One has to wonder if SAP truly understands the mid-market or whether this strategy is solely an effort to detract attention from the slowing growth of their Fortune 500 base.
A spokeswoman for Mayor James Hahn said he also was concerned that Ludlow's initiative could detract from the quest for a half-percent sales-tax increase, part of which would be earmarked for gang-intervention efforts.