Definition of Distract

1. Verb. Draw someone's attention away from something. "He deflected his competitors"

Exact synonyms: Deflect
Generic synonyms: Confuse, Disconcert, Flurry, Put Off
Derivative terms: Distraction



2. Verb. Disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed. "The bad news will distract him"; "She was rather perturbed by the news that her father was seriously ill"
Exact synonyms: Cark, Disorder, Disquiet, Perturb, Trouble, Unhinge
Specialized synonyms: Vex, Worry
Generic synonyms: Disturb, Trouble, Upset
Derivative terms: Disquiet, Disquiet, Distraction, Perturbation, Perturbation, Trouble, Trouble

Definition of Distract

1. a. Separated; drawn asunder.

2. v. t. To draw apart or away; to divide; to disjoin.

Definition of Distract

1. Verb. (transitive) To divert the attention of. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Distract

1. to divert the attention of [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Distract

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distorters
distorting
distortion
distortion aberration
distortional
distortionary
distortionist
distortionists
distortionless
distortions
distortive
distortively
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distoversion
distract (current term)
distractable
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distractedness
distracter
distracters
distractful
distractibility
distractible
distractile
distracting
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distraction conus

Literary usage of Distract

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1. Individual Training in Our Colleges by Clarence Frank Birdseye (1907)
"distract from work instead of fitting for it. Are to advertise college regardless of effect on students. Evil results therefrom. sique is rarely quite ..."

2. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1880)
"Constantinople adopted the follies, though not the virtues, of ancient Rome; and the same factions which had agitated They distract *ue circus raged with ..."

3. Studies in History and Jurisprudence by James Bryce Bryce (1901)
"... the least variation from established precedents will totally distract and bewilder him: ila lex serif to est is the utmost his knowledge will arrive at ..."

4. Studies in History and Jurisprudence by James Bryce Bryce (1901)
"... the least variation from established precedents will totally distract and bewilder him: ita lex serif la est is the utmost his knowledge will arrive ..."

5. Studies of a Biographer by Sir Leslie Stephen (1902)
"fancies which distract him as he lies unable to sleep, listening to the clock or trying to divine the opinion of his physicians. ..."

6. The Anatomy of Melancholy: What it Is, with All the Kinds, Causes, Symptoms by Robert Burton (1862)
"1" For all day long he had some object or other to distract his senses, but in the night all ran upon her. All night long he lay 2 awake, and could think of ..."

7. The Anatomy of melancholy v. 3 by Robert Burton (1875)
"1 " For all day long he had some object or other to distract his senses, but in the night all ran upon her. All night long he lay a awake, and could think ..."

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