verb (1)

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1 to draw the attention or mind to something else
  • we were distracted from our discussion by the noise outside

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verb (2)
present participle of distract

Synonyms & Antonyms of distracting (Entry 3 of 3)

1 to draw the attention or mind to something else
  • we were distracted from our discussion by the noise outside

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puzzle, perplex, bewilder, distract, nonplus, confound, dumbfound mean to baffle and disturb mentally. puzzle implies existence of a problem difficult to solve. the persistent fever puzzled the doctor perplex adds a suggestion of worry and uncertainty especially about making a necessary decision. a behavior that perplexed her friends bewilder stresses a confusion of mind that hampers clear and decisive thinking. a bewildering number of possibilities distract implies agitation or uncertainty induced by conflicting preoccupations or interests. distracted by personal problems nonplus implies a bafflement that makes orderly planning or deciding impossible. the remark left us utterly nonplussed confound implies temporary mental paralysis caused by astonishment or profound abasement. the tragic news confounded us all dumbfound suggests intense but momentary confounding; often the idea of astonishment is so stressed that it becomes a near synonym of astound. was at first too dumbfounded to reply

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The first known use of distract was in the 14th century

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24 Feb 2020

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“Distract.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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