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
Deputies will focus on those driving impaired, distracted, or without a seat belt.
Mom was distracted by her loss and was in a state of full-blown avoidance, throwing herself into waitressing, picking up shifts that kept her away from home and the foundlings who remained there.
Sanders, however, rejected the idea that the issue is distracting from Trump's efforts to pass tax legislation and accomplish other items on his policy agenda.
Notably, the window has a metal mesh applied to it that distracts from the look somewhat but is required to make the machine EMI certified (something most enthusiast PC cases are not).
Decades of sanctions and diplomatic isolation haven't neutralized Iran's growing influence, and a collection of countries consumed by bickering and led by a superpower distracted by its own disorder isn't likely to achieve it either.
In some previous wrecks, train operators were found to have been seriously fatigued or distracted by a cellphone or something else.
Betty agrees, then gets distracted by a new janitor down the hall.
But the media can’t allow itself to be distracted by meaningless threats.
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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
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