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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Example sentences
They were no longer mere shows, distracting the spectator from the main theme
  of the drama, but helps to the understanding of it.
If the background is distracting, the moment will be difficult to see.
Interesting little piece, but the typos are distracting.
Oh, the husband would let me, but it would be distracting.
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