adjective dis·tract·ed

: unable to think about or pay attention to something : unable to concentrate

Full Definition of DISTRACTED

:  mentally confused, troubled, or remote
:  maddened or deranged especially by grief or anxiety
dis·tract·ed·ly adverb

Examples of DISTRACTED

  1. If you're feeling distracted, take a break.
  2. <she's been distracted about her son ever since he left on that polar expedition>

First Known Use of DISTRACTED


Synonym Discussion of DISTRACTED

abstracted, preoccupied, absent, absentminded, distracted mean inattentive to what claims or demands consideration. abstracted implies absorption of the mind in something other than one's surroundings, and often suggests reflection on weighty matters <walking about with an abstracted air>. preoccupied often implies having one's attention so taken up by thoughts as to neglect others <too preoccupied with her debts to enjoy the meal>. absent stresses inability to fix the mind on present concerns due more to mental wandering than to concentration on other matters <an absent stare>. absentminded implies that the mind is fixed elsewhere and often refers to a habit of abstractedness <so absentminded, he's been known to wear mismatched shoes>. distracted may suggest an inability to concentrate caused by worry, sorrow, or anxiety <was too distracted by grief to continue working>.


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