[ US /dɪˈstɹækt/ ]
[ UK /dɪstɹˈækt/ ]
  1. disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed
    She was rather perturbed by the news that her father was seriously ill
  2. draw someone's attention away from something
    He deflected his competitors
    The thief distracted the bystanders
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How To Use distract In A Sentence

  • The pursuit of such metaphysical questions is just a high-minded distraction from the more pressing issue of confronting the dilemma of one's existence here and now.
  • It's an evolutionary trick to distract the pursuer, much as lizards lose their tails.
  • I find it hard to work at home because there are too many distractions.
  • I was standing in some kind of wooded area and looking around Probably trying to find any distraction to keep me from going for my lecture and I did eventually find that tap-dancing squirrel but that's a story for another post and then somehow bits and pieces began to hit me. Archive 2005-02-01
  • Cunnah is unlikely to let something like a labour dispute distract him from the job in hand.
  • Only some people believe that a guy who called criticism "distraction" is a good guy. Clinton has big lead in Kentucky, Obama on top in Oregon
  • A distraction may cause it to wander off into the road, with fatal consequences.
  • It was an opportunity for a politician to grab some cheap brownie points without risk, because it would involve apologising for something he had no responsibility for --- a great distractor. Making Tea For Alan Turing
  • Frenetic attempts to distract and comfort him may actually overstimulate him and increase his levels of arousal. Times, Sunday Times
  • Katie and Matt were boring me this morning, so I popped in a DVD for distraction and watched him get plowed while lying in a sink.
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