First Known Use of distract
Definition of distract
- refused to be distracted from her purpose
- was distracted by a sudden noise
Examples of distract in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of distract from the Web
That could help Republican leaders persuade President Donald Trump and restive conservatives to put off major fiscal battles that could distract from the top GOP goal of a tax overhaul by the end of the year.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says distracted driving claimed 3,477 lives in 2015.
Parents can program one fob for teen drivers and use a standard teen driver package to monitor and reinforce safe driving habits such as seatbelt use, speed, distracted driving using an industry-first report card.
Four months later, Arpaio’s team scheduled a press conference to elaborate on their findings and distract from the racial-profiling case against his agency that was about to begin.
Sometimes, the movies aren’t enough to distract her.
But who will take up this task if the president is distracted and the top of the civilian command structure is largely populated by senior military officers?
Mr Putin hopes the World Cup will distract Russians from corruption.
For Trump to ignore all that and repeatedly trash-talk his attorney general because of his prudent recusal over the Russia investigation is a pretty clear indication that the president is not just distracted by the probe, but intensely fears it.
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Origin and Etymology of distract
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of distract
- the persistent fever puzzled the doctor
- a behavior that perplexed her friends
- a bewildering number of possibilities
- distracted by personal problems
- the remark left us utterly nonplussed
- the tragic news confounded us all
- was at first too dumbfounded to reply
DISTRACT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of distract for English Language Learners
: 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
DISTRACT Defined for Kids
Definition of distract for Students
- The TV distracts me when I'm studying.
Word Root of distract
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