First Known Use of distract
Rhymes with distract
abstract, attract, class act, compact, contact, contract, crookbacked, detract, didact, diffract, enact, entr'acte, epact, exact, extract, humpbacked, hunchbacked, impact, infract, intact, mossbacked, playact, protract, react, redact, refract, retract, sex act, subtract, swaybacked, transact, unbacked
Simple Definition of distract
: to cause (someone) to stop thinking about or paying attention to someone or something and to think about or pay attention to someone or something else instead
: to take (attention) away from someone or something
Full Definition of distract
1 a : to turn aside : divert <refused to be distracted from her purpose> b : to draw or direct (as one's attention) to a different object or in different directions at the same time <was distracted by a sudden noise>
2 : to stir up or confuse with conflicting emotions or motives
Examples of distract
You sneak into his room while I distract him.
He was distracted from his studies.
The students are easily distracted, especially when they're tired.
I was distracted by a loud noise.
The local story distracted attention from news of the war overseas.
Origin of distract
Middle English, from Latin distractus, past participle of distrahere, literally, to draw apart, from dis- + trahere to draw
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of distract
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