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distracted

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1 feeling overwhelming fear or worry

  • she's been distracted about her son ever since he left on that polar expedition
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beside oneself

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2 lost in thought and unaware of oneʼs surroundings or actions

  • the distracted driver rear-ended the pickup truck that had stopped for the red light
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3 suffering from mental confusion

  • she's been chronically depressed and distracted since her husband's death
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at sea, out of it

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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


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