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distract

dis·tract

distract

 
 
pronunciation:
dih straekt
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: distracted, distracting, distracts
definition 1: to divert the attention of.
The noise from next door distracted him from his work.Please don't distract me while I'm driving.I can't study with music on because it distracts me.
synonyms:
divert, sidetrack
similar words:
abstract, amuse, disconcert, disrupt, disturb, engage, entertain, occupy, shunt
definition 2: to disturb or upset.
She was distracted by anxiety.
synonyms:
agitate, disturb, worry
similar words:
torment, trouble, upset
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derivations: distractible (adj.), distractive (adj.), distractingly (adv.)
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