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distraction

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noun dis·trac·tion \di-ˈstrak-shən\

Simple Definition of distraction

  • : something that makes it difficult to think or pay attention

  • : something that amuses or entertains you so that you do not think about problems, work, etc.

  • : a state in which you are very annoyed or upset

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of distraction

  1. 1 :  the act of distracting or the state of being distracted; especially :  mental confusion <driven to distraction>

  2. 2 :  something that distracts; especially :  amusement <a harmless distraction>

distractive play \-ˈstrak-tiv\ adjective

Examples of distraction in a sentence

  1. It was hard to work with so many distractions.

  2. One of them created a distraction while the other grabbed the money.

  3. A weekend at the beach was a good distraction from her troubles.

  4. Their endless chatter drove her to distraction.



15th Century

First Known Use of distraction

15th century


DISTRACTION Defined for Kids

distraction

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noun dis·trac·tion \di-ˈstrak-shən\

Definition of distraction for Students

  1. 1 :  something that makes it hard to pay attention <One robber created a distraction and the other grabbed the money.>

  2. 2 :  the act of having thoughts or attention drawn away :  the state of drawing thoughts or attention away <… he needed to clear his head, to flush away all distraction … — Jerry Spinelli, Maniac Magee>

  3. 3 :  confusion of thoughts or feelings <Their endless chatter drove me to distraction.>

  4. 4 :  something that amuses or entertains <The game was a good distraction during the long car ride.>




Medical Dictionary

distraction

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noun dis·trac·tion \dis-ˈtrak-shən\

Medical Definition of distraction

  1. 1a:  diversion of the attentionb:  mental confusion

  2. 2:  excessive separation (as from improper traction) of fracture fragments

distract \dis-ˈtrakt\play transitive verb




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