: having one's thoughts or attention drawn away : unable to concentrate or give attention to something
- … 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
: 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