distract

Distract is what you do when you draw someone’s attention — Hey! Look! Over there! Oh. Never mind. What was I saying? That’s right: distract is to draw attention away from what someone is doing.

Distract comes from the Latin word for “draw apart.” It can be annoying when someone or something distracts you. A loud car alarm or a talkative friend might distract you when you’re watching your favorite TV show. But being distracted is not always bad. Playing a round of miniature golf might distract you from feeling sad about the death of your parakeet.

Definitions of distract
  1. verb
    draw someone's attention away from something
    “The thief distracted the bystanders”
    synonyms: deflect
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    type of:
    confuse, disconcert, flurry, put off
    cause to feel embarrassment
  2. verb
    disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed
    synonyms: cark, disorder, disquiet, perturb, trouble, unhinge
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    vex, worry
    disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress
    misgive
    suggest fear or doubt
    eat, eat on
    worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way
    nag
    worry persistently
    type of:
    disturb, trouble, upset
    move deeply
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