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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"


  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.

  2. Origin: From distrahere, from dis- + trahere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Distract(adj)

    separated; drawn asunder

  2. Distract(adj)

    insane; mad

  3. Distract(verb)

    to draw apart or away; to divide; to disjoin

  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

  5. Distract(verb)

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

  6. Distract(verb)

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

  7. Origin: [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. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    Future dreams distract you from present nightmares.

  2. Pope Francis:

    Let us not allow darkness and fear to distract us and control us.

  3. Marty Becker:

    Watching fish, like listening to music, can distract you in a good way.

  4. Abu Mustafa:

    We aim to distract the soldiers from shooting and wounding or killing our people.

  5. Aurora Berill:

    The past is immutable. Don't let it distract you from your current goals and ambitions.

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