Definition of distracted
1 : having one's thoughts or attention drawn away : unable to concentrate or give attention to something a distracted driver … everyone else … is too distracted to see how lost and yearning she has become … — Richard Schickel … used to get so distracted by cellphone conversations overheard on the bus that she couldn't focus on reading. — Roni Caryn Rabin
2 : harassed, confused, or deranged especially by strong feelings a mind distracted by grief … putting that poor gentleman through a course of questions that nearly drove him distracted. — Louisa May Alcott
Examples of distracted in a Sentence
If you're feeling distracted, take a break.
she's been distracted about her son ever since he left on that polar expedition
Recent Examples of distracted from the Web
Complaints include aggressive and distracted drivers, running red lights and stop signs, speeding, motorcycles zipping between vehicles and drivers blocking intersections.
And if you're distracted and miss the target, your local and state taxes will be increased by a factor of 10.
People walked through the exhibitions looking here and there and seeming a little distracted; their experiences lacked moments of intensity and intimacy.
Right now I’m not even a tiny bit distracted by the notion of grand success, of my giant ego, of glory and specialness.
Potential candidates to replace James Comey as F.B.I. director keep removing their names from consideration, perhaps because Trump’s interviews have been so haphazard and distracted.
Elizabeth seemed distracted -- less interested in family activities, in church, and even in friends.
Palestinians hoped the protest will draw the attention of a seemingly distracted international community as the Israeli occupation hits the 50-year mark in early June.
The number of pedestrians killed on U.S. roads in 2015 rose 9.5% to 5,376, although distracted driving is suspected as the key culprit for the uptick.
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DISTRACTED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of distracted for English Language Learners
: unable to think about or pay attention to something : unable to concentrate
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