Definitions for Distractiondɪˈstræk ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dis•trac•tiondɪˈstræk ʃən(n.)

  1. the act of distracting.

  2. the state of being distracted.

  3. mental distress or derangement.

  4. a person or thing that prevents concentration.

  5. something that amuses.

Origin of distraction:

1425–75; late ME (< AF) < L


Princeton's WordNet

  1. distraction(noun)

    mental turmoil

    "he drives me to distraction"

  2. distraction(noun)

    an obstacle to attention

  3. beguilement, distraction(noun)

    an entertainment that provokes pleased interest and distracts you from worries and vexations

  4. distraction, misdirection(noun)

    the act of distracting; drawing someone's attention away from something

    "conjurers are experts at misdirection"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. distraction(noun)ɪˈstræk ʃən

    sth that takes your attention away from sth

    too many distractions to work; Use distraction to get a child to think about something else.


  1. distraction(Noun)

    Something that distracts.

    Poking one's eye is a good distraction from a hurting toe.

  2. distraction(Noun)

    The process of being distracted.

    We have to reduce distraction in class if we want students to achieve good results.

  3. distraction(Noun)

    Perturbation; disorder; disturbance; confusion.

  4. distraction(Noun)

    Mental disorder; a deranged state of mind; insanity.

    The incessant nightmares drove him to distraction.

  5. Origin: See to distract.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Distraction(noun)

    the act of distracting; a drawing apart; separation

  2. Distraction(noun)

    that which diverts attention; a diversion

  3. Distraction(noun)

    a diversity of direction; detachment

  4. Distraction(noun)

    state in which the attention is called in different ways; confusion; perplexity

  5. Distraction(noun)

    confusion of affairs; tumult; disorder; as, political distractions

  6. Distraction(noun)

    agitation from violent emotions; perturbation of mind; despair

  7. Distraction(noun)

    derangement of the mind; madness


  1. Distraction

    Distraction is the divided attention of an individual or group from the chosen object of attention onto the source of distraction. Distraction is caused by: the lack of ability to pay attention; lack of interest in the object of attention; or the great intensity, novelty or attractiveness of something other than the object of attention. Distractions come from both external sources, and internal sources.

Translations for Distraction

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


something that takes the mind off other especially more serious affairs

There are too many distractions here to allow one to work properly.

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