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>
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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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