dis-tract

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

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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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