distracted

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adjective dis·tract·ed \di-ˈstrak-təd\

Definition of distracted

  1. 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. 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

distractedly

adverb

distractedness

noun

Examples of distracted in a sentence

  1. If you're feeling distracted, take a break.

  2. she's been distracted about her son ever since he left on that polar expedition

1576

First Known Use of distracted

1576

Synonym Discussion of distracted

abstracted, preoccupied, absent, absentminded, distracted mean inattentive to what claims or demands consideration. abstracted implies absorption of the mind in something other than one's surroundings, and often suggests reflection on weighty matters walking about with an abstracted air. preoccupied often implies having one's attention so taken up by thoughts as to neglect others too preoccupied with her debts to enjoy the meal. absent stresses inability to fix the mind on present concerns due more to mental wandering than to concentration on other matters an absent stare. absentminded implies that the mind is fixed elsewhere and often refers to a habit of abstractedness so absentminded, he's been known to wear mismatched shoes. distracted may suggest an inability to concentrate caused by worry, sorrow, or anxiety was too distracted by grief to continue working.

DISTRACTED Defined for English Language Learners

distracted

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adjective dis·tract·ed \di-ˈstrak-təd\

Definition of distracted for English Language Learners

  • : unable to think about or pay attention to something : unable to concentrate



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