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
By 1988, in-flight smoking was banned on domestic flights two hours or less, with one airline even distributing free gum to help distract antsy puffers.
Soon a hammering sound proves distracting as the veteran cable news host tries to introduce a series of clips, including one about President Donald Trump's trip to Houston last month in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
In Tarrant County, at least six cities — Arlington, Bedford, Grand Prairie, Hurst, Watauga and White Settlement — already have laws in place to target distracted driving, such as texting while driving.
Numerous outlets have claimed that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is interested in bringing his former Real Madrid number 10 to Old Trafford, and that those reports have been distracting Ozil on the pitch.
The course also deals with distracted driving, cited by safety experts as a growing factor in fatal crashes.
There are additional provisions to keep these signs from being too distracting to drivers or annoying to passersby.
Among other allegations, Williams now claims Barson, 68, was negligent by being distracted behind the wheel, and failing to stop for traffic.
The Secret Sweater serves as a subtle accent and doesn't distract from your polished everyday look.
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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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Word Root of distract
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