distract


distract
01. It was hard to concentrate on my studies because I kept getting [distracted] by the television show my brother was watching.
02. The driver hit another car when he was momentarily [distracted] by a child running into the street.
03. What's the matter with Ravi? He really seems [distracted] today, and isn't getting anything done.
04. Students often seem to find it a little [distracting] to have the teacher beside them listening to them during their discussions.
05. One of the teenagers tried to [distract] the shop owner while another one started stealing chocolate bars.
06. I need to have some time by myself without any [distractions] if I'm going to get this project finished by tomorrow.
07. Golfer Tom Kite once observed that you can always find a [distraction] if you're looking for one.
08. Someone once said that the main function of professional sports is to [distract] people from thinking about the real problems of society.
09. The father [distracted] the baby with a toy while the mother quickly changed her diaper.
10. Rajiv's mother was seriously injured in a car accident which occurred when she was momentarily [distracted] by her cell phone while driving on the highway.
11. Golf was banned in England and Scotland in 1457 by King James II because he claimed it [distracted] people from the archery practice necessary for national defense.
12. While driving, a cell phone can be a dangerous [distraction].
13. In Bhutan, during archery competitions, cheerleaders are allowed to [distract] the opposing team by shouting rude comments.
14. A Malagasy proverb notes, "[Distracted] by what is far away, he does not see his nose."
15. Research shows that people can tolerate pain for a longer time if they are [distracted] by something.

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  • Distract — Dis*tract , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Distracted}, old p. p. {Distraught}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Distracting}.] 1. To draw apart or away; to divide; to disjoin. [1913 Webster] A city . . . distracted from itself. Fuller. [1913 Webster] 2. To draw (the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Distract — Dis*tract , a. [L. distractus, p. p. of distrahere to draw asunder; dis + trahere to draw. See {Trace}, and cf. {Distraught}.] 1. Separated; drawn asunder. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. Insane; mad. [Obs.] Drayton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • distract — index bait (harass), confuse (bewilder), disorganize, disorient, disrupt, disturb, divert …   Law dictionary

  • distract — mid 14c., to draw asunder or apart, to turn aside (literal and figurative), from L. distractus, pp. of distrahere draw in different directions, from dis away (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + trahere to draw (see TRACT (Cf. tract) (1)). Sense of to throw… …   Etymology dictionary

  • distract — bewilder, nonplus, confound, dumbfound, mystify, perplex, *puzzle Analogous words: *confuse, muddle, addle, fuddle, befuddle: baffle, balk (see FRUSTRATE): agitate, upset, fluster, flurry, perturb, *discompose Antonyms: collect (one s thoughts,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • distract — [v] divert attention; confuse abstract, addle, agitate, amuse, befuddle, beguile, bewilder, call away, catch flies*, confound, derange, detract, discompose, disconcert, disturb, divert, draw away, engross, entertain, fluster, frenzy, harass, lead …   New thesaurus

  • distract — ► VERB 1) prevent (someone) from giving their full attention to something. 2) divert (attention) from something. DERIVATIVES distracted adjective distracting adjective. ORIGIN Latin distrahere draw apart …   English terms dictionary

  • distract — [di strakt′] vt. [ME distracten < L distractus, pp. of distrahere, to draw apart < dis , apart + trahere, DRAW] 1. to draw (the mind, attention, etc.) away in another direction; divert 2. to draw in conflicting directions; create conflict… …   English World dictionary

  • distract */ — UK [dɪˈstrækt] / US verb [transitive] Word forms distract : present tense I/you/we/they distract he/she/it distracts present participle distracting past tense distracted past participle distracted to get someone s attention and prevent them from… …   English dictionary

  • distract — detract, distract Both words are used transitively (with an object) followed by from; but their meanings are different. Detract, which (more than distract) is also used without an object, means ‘to take away (a part of something), to diminish’: • …   Modern English usage

  • distract — dis|tract [ dı strækt ] verb transitive * to get someone s attention and prevent them from concentrating on something: She was distracted by the sound of running water. distract someone from something: We must let nothing distract us from our… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English