Does "take away from sth" mean "just deprive something"? It's different from the dictionary definition below. Maybe "take away sth from someone" makes such sense. Is this an exceptional usage? take away from something
(1) to make the effect or value of something seem less
mo32) Spending time worrying that something may happen in the future takes away from the precious time we have now.
Here, the sense of "take away from" is "deplete" or "diminish the amount". By spending time worrying about the future you are leaving yourself less time to just enjoy the present.
The definition (1) occurs in this sort of context:
"The fact that our opponents had some injuries should not take anything away from our victory, we played very well".
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