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Definitions for distract
dɪˈstræktdis·tract

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. distract, deflect(verb)

    draw someone's attention away from something

    "The thief distracted the bystanders"; "He deflected his competitors"

  2. perturb, unhinge, disquiet, trouble, cark, distract, disorder(verb)

    disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed

    "She was rather perturbed by the news that her father was seriously ill"

Wiktionary

  1. distract(Verb)

    To divert the attention of.

    The crowd was distracted by a helicopter hovering over the stadium when the only goal of the game was scored.

    Etymology: From distrahere, from dis- + trahere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Distract(adj)

    separated; drawn asunder

    Etymology: [L. distractus, p. p. of distrahere to draw asunder; dis- + trahere to draw. See Trace, and cf. Distraught.]

  2. Distract(adj)

    insane; mad

    Etymology: [L. distractus, p. p. of distrahere to draw asunder; dis- + trahere to draw. See Trace, and cf. Distraught.]

  3. Distract(verb)

    to draw apart or away; to divide; to disjoin

    Etymology: [L. distractus, p. p. of distrahere to draw asunder; dis- + trahere to draw. See Trace, and cf. Distraught.]

  4. Distract(verb)

    to draw (the sight, mind, or attention) in different directions; to perplex; to confuse; as, to distract the eye; to distract the attention

    Etymology: [L. distractus, p. p. of distrahere to draw asunder; dis- + trahere to draw. See Trace, and cf. Distraught.]

  5. Distract(verb)

    to agitate by conflicting passions, or by a variety of motives or of cares; to confound; to harass

    Etymology: [L. distractus, p. p. of distrahere to draw asunder; dis- + trahere to draw. See Trace, and cf. Distraught.]

  6. Distract(verb)

    to unsettle the reason of; to render insane; to craze; to madden; -- most frequently used in the participle, distracted

    Etymology: [L. distractus, p. p. of distrahere to draw asunder; dis- + trahere to draw. See Trace, and cf. Distraught.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Distract

    dis-trakt′, v.t. to draw in different directions—applied to the mind or attention: to confuse: to harass: to render crazy: to divert.—adj. Distract′ed.—adv. Distract′edly.—n. Distract′edness.—adjs. Distract′ible; Distract′ile (bot.), carried widely apart.—n. Distrac′tion, state of being distracted: perplexity: agitation: madness: a diversion.—adj. Distract′ive, causing perplexity.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of distract in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of distract in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of distract in a Sentence

  1. Jessica Vaughan:

    It certainly appears that the agency is trying to distract from that misconduct by puffing up this incident into an award nomination, the agency leaders appear to believe that egregious poor judgment and a serious act of obstruction can be canceled out by another good deed. It doesn’t work that way.

  2. David Hogg:

    [They’re] trying to distract people from the March For Our Lives Road to Change, which we announced yesterday, [It’s] a push to get the highest numbers of youth voters ever in American history turn out to vote come this November.

  3. Ryan Bremner:

    Rituals in general serve a calming function, they distract the mind which might otherwise go down one of those rabbit holes of useless worry, and they give us a sense of influence or control over something that may not be ultimately controllable.

  4. Dennis Pilon:

    The sports people aren't worried about the election crowding them out, it's the other way around. Politicians are really worried that anything that could deter voters or distract them is bad.

  5. House Speaker Paul Ryan:

    The President has been giving us more distractions than solutions, i'm not really sure what he's doing, other than he's trying to create an issue, and I think he's trying to distract from his failings.

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