distracted

[dih-strak-tid]
adjective
1.
having the attention diverted: She tossed several rocks to the far left and slipped past the distracted sentry.
2.
rendered incapable of behaving, reacting, etc., in a normal manner, as by worry, remorse, or the like; irrational; disturbed.

Origin:
1580–90; distract + -ed2

distractedly, adverb
distractedness, noun
nondistracted, adjective
nondistractedly, adverb
undistracted, adjective
undistractedly, adverb
undistractedness, noun
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distract

[dih-strakt]
verb (used with object)
1.
to draw away or divert, as the mind or attention: The music distracted him from his work.
2.
to disturb or trouble greatly in mind; beset: Grief distracted him.
3.
to provide a pleasant diversion for; amuse; entertain: I'm bored with bridge, but golf still distracts me.
4.
to separate or divide by dissension or strife.
adjective
5.
Obsolete, distracted.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin distractus (past participle of distrahere to draw apart), equivalent to dis- dis-1 + trac- (variant stem of trahere to draw) + -tus past participle suffix

distractible, adjective
distractingly, adverb
nondistracting, adjective
nondistractingly, adverb
undistracting, adjective
undistractingly, adverb


2. bewilder, agitate, pain, torment, distress.
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distract (dɪˈstrækt)
 
vb
1.  (often passive) to draw the attention of (a person) away from something
2.  to divide or confuse the attention of (a person)
3.  to amuse or entertain
4.  to trouble greatly
5.  to make mad
 
[C14: from Latin distractus perplexed, from distrahere to pull in different directions, from dis-1 + trahere to drag]
 
dis'tracter
 
n
 
dis'tractible
 
adj
 
distracti'bility
 
n
 
dis'tracting
 
adj
 
dis'tractingly
 
adv
 
dis'tractive
 
adj
 
dis'tractively
 
adv

distracted (dɪˈstræktɪd)
 
adj
1.  bewildered; confused
2.  mad
 
dis'tractedly
 
adv
 
dis'tractedness
 
n

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distract
mid-14c., "to draw asunder or apart" (literal and figurative), from L. distractus, pp. of distrahere "draw in different directions," from dis- "away" + trahere "to draw" (see tract (1)). Sense of "to throw into a state of mind in which one knows not how to act" is from 1580s.
Related: Distracted; distracting.
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Example sentences
Still, the industry resisted legislative action to ban handsets in cars, as
  warnings about distracted driving went unheeded.
If they are in their word processors, they do a little work and then get
  distracted and check their email.
Don't be distracted by this deficit from the well-thought-out content of my
  post.
Brains slow down as they become more easily distracted.
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