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dɪˈstræk tɪddis·tract·ed

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. distracted, distraitadjective

    having the attention diverted especially because of anxiety


  1. distractedadjective

    having one's attention diverted; preoccupied

  2. distractedadjective



  1. distracted

    Distraction is the process of diverting the attention of an individual or group from a desired area of focus and thereby blocking or diminishing the reception of desired information. 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. External distractions include factors such as visual triggers, social interactions, music, text messages, and phone calls. There are also internal distractions such as hunger, fatigue, illness, worrying, and daydreaming. Both external and internal distractions contribute to the interference of focus.


  1. distracted

    Distracted refers to a state where one's attention is drawn away from the task or activity at hand towards different or irrelevant thoughts, activities, or occurrences. It may involve divided attention, lack of concentration, or deviation from the main focus due to external stimuli or internal thoughts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Distracted

    of Distract

  2. Distractedadjective

    mentally disordered; unsettled; mad

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of distracted in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of distracted in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of distracted in a Sentence

  1. Jessica Todd Harper:

    At the time, I felt like so many parents. I felt tired and distracted and busy trying to get things done. I felt a little bit of guilt about making this picture, and yet I knew somewhere in the back of my head that there was an imperative that I must take moments. ... You're just so busy that if you don't purposefully force it, then it wouldn't happen.

  2. Aaron Sorkin:

    The wishes of the terrorists were fulfilled in part by easily distracted members of the American press who chose gossip and schadenfreude-fueled reporting over a story with immeasurable consequences for the public -- a story that was developing right in front of their eyes.

  3. Assistant Chief Constable Garry Forsyth:

    Our commitment is to protect the public from harm and, though we take all security issues seriously, we will not be distracted from that promise.

  4. Francis de Sales:

    If the heart wanders or is distracted, bring it back to the point quite gently and replace it tenderly in its Master's presence. And even if you did nothing during the whole of your hour but bring your heart back and place it again in Our Lord's presence, though it went away every time you brought it back, your hour would be very well employed.

  5. Charlie Hood:

    We don't have any data to quantify why it's happening, but we all know we've seen more distracted driving in recent years, some people are definitely rushing to get somewhere and blowing past buses. I think a lot of people are just distracted and just don't realize what they're doing.

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    • A. value
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