divert/distract attention

Definition of divert/distract attention

:to try to keep people from noticing or thinking about something
  • He was trying to divert/distract attention away from his friend's mistake.

Word by Word Definitions

divert play
  1. : to turn aside : deviate

  2. : to turn from one course or use to another : deflect

  3. : distract

distract play
  1. : insane, mad

  1. : to turn aside : divert

  2. : to draw or direct (something, such as someone's attention) to a different object or in different directions at the same time

  3. : to stir up or confuse with conflicting emotions or motives

attention play
  1. : the act or state of applying the mind to something

  2. : a condition of readiness for such attention involving especially a selective narrowing or focusing of consciousness and receptivity

  3. : observation, notice


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