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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. Doug Collins:

    They don't have the evidence, they haven't started an impeachment inquiry, and they're trying to distract from both these realities in the face of pressure from the far left.

  2. Jay Inslee:

    I'm not going to let personal attacks from the president distract me from what matters : beating this virus and keeping Washingtonians healthy.

  3. Hunter Biden:

    I'm confident in the ability of the House and Senate to deal with this, my job is to just out and flat beat him. What I can't let happen I can't let this distract me in a way that takes me away from the issues that really are the reason why I'm running.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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