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
Examples of distraction in a sentence
It was hard to work with so many distractions.
One of them created a distraction while the other grabbed the money.
A weekend at the beach was a good distraction from her troubles.
Their endless chatter drove her to distraction.
First Known Use of distraction
DISTRACTION Defined for Kids
Definition of distraction for Students
1 : something that makes it hard to pay attention <One robber created a distraction and the other grabbed the money.>
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 : confusion of thoughts or feelings <Their endless chatter drove me to distraction.>
4 : something that amuses or entertains <The game was a good distraction during the long car ride.>
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up distraction? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).