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Meaning of DISTRACT

Pronunciation:  di'strakt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  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. [v]  draw someone's attention away from something; "The thief distracted the bystanders"; "He deflected his competitors"

DISTRACT is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: cark, deflect, disorder, disquiet, perturb, trouble, unhinge
 See Also: confuse, disconcert, disturb, flurry, put off, upset, vex, worry



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dis*tract"\, a. [L. distractus, p. p. of distrahere to
    draw asunder; dis- + trahere to draw. See {Trace}, and cf.
    1. Separated; drawn asunder. [Obs.]
    2. Insane; mad. [Obs.] --Drayton.
  2. \Dis*tract"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Distracted}, old p.
    p. {Distraught}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Distracting}.]
    1. To draw apart or away; to divide; to disjoin.
             A city . . . distracted from itself.  --Fuller.
    2. To draw (the sight, mind, or attention) in different
       directions; to perplex; to confuse; as, to distract the
       eye; to distract the attention.
             Mixed metaphors . . . distract the imagination.
    3. To agitate by conflicting passions, or by a variety of
       motives or of cares; to confound; to harass.
             Horror and doubt distract His troubled thoughts.
    4. To unsettle the reason of; to render insane; to craze; to
       madden; -- most frequently used in the participle,
             A poor mad soul; . . . poverty hath distracted her.
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