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distracted

[dih-strak-tid] /dɪˈstræk tɪd/
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
1580-1590
1580-90; distract + -ed2
Related forms
distractedly, adverb
distractedness, noun
nondistracted, adjective
nondistractedly, adverb
undistracted, adjective
undistractedly, adverb
undistractedness, noun

distract

[dih-strakt] /dɪˈstrækt/
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
Related forms
distractible, adjective
distractingly, adverb
nondistracting, adjective
nondistractingly, adverb
undistracting, adjective
undistractingly, adverb
Synonyms
2. bewilder, agitate, pain, torment, distress.
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  • 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.
  • The goal is to locate a monkey that isn't busy doing something else and isn't distracted by other monkeys.
  • distracted driving is responsible for many accidents.
  • Researchers have found an effective way to curb distracted driving among teenagers: capture video of them behind the wheel.
  • Some are served by part-time jobs, others are distracted by them.
  • They can fail to feel pain for exactly the same reasons, for example when they are given placebos or are distracted.
  • At night the eye is not distracted by the radiance of gilded domes.
British Dictionary definitions for distracted

distracted

/dɪˈstræktɪd/
adjective
1.
bewildered; confused
2.
mad
Derived Forms
distractedly, adverb
distractedness, noun

distract

/dɪˈstrækt/
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
distracter, noun
distractible, adjective
distractibility, noun
distracting, adjective
distractingly, adverb
distractive, adjective
distractively, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin distractus perplexed, from distrahere to pull in different directions, from dis-1 + trahere to drag
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Word Origin and History for distracted

distract

v.

mid-14c., "to draw asunder or apart, to turn aside" (literal and figurative), from Latin distractus, past participle of distrahere "draw in different directions," from dis- "away" (see dis-) + trahere "to draw" (see tract (n.1)).

Sense of "to throw into a state of mind in which one knows not how to act" is from 1580s. Related: Distracted; distracting; distractedly; distractedness.

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