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
Chili’s is betting customers are too distracted by the bigger burgers and meatier ribs to notice the missing items.
The chief said officers saw McSorley through a kitchen window sitting down with no weapon in sight, and while one officer distracted the suspect by talking through the window, other officers quickly entered the home.
But old-school fun such as puzzles, card games and board games are a great way to keep your kids distracted from the storm.
And Trump's tasteless Twitter feed is also cleverly designed to distract you from noticing that an iceberg nearly the size of Delaware just broke off Antarctica.
Once-familiar vistas were so transformed that drivers lost their bearings, distracted by buildings that had been hidden by foliage or billboards no longer there.
That said, plenty of omnivores have failed to notice the absence of animals, distracted by heaps of satisfying egg dishes and even a creative breakfast bahn mi sandwich that gets it’s protein power from egg crepe and seitan.
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.
Sometimes, the movies aren’t enough to distract her.
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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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