verb (used with object)
Origin of distract
Examples from the Web for distract
However we strain to distract ourselves, our consciousness of death heightens our awareness of evil.
“I reached out, grabbing him, trying to get his attention, trying to distract him,” Valentino told The Post.Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004|Marlow Stern|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They still just distract us from generally more substantive topics in need of our attention.#FixTheInternet: The Hashtag That Beat Back Kim Kardashian’s Butt|Emily Shire|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The discussion of race in the league just serves to distract from why players misbehave.Ex-NFL Linebacker: We Talk Around Race, Not About It|Carl Banks|October 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He uses it to dismiss hecklers and distract from bad news in the Garden State.Chris Christie Tries to Dance His Way Back Into Your Heart|Olivia Nuzzi|June 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You pained me deeply yesterday, when you advised me to go out a little 'to distract my thoughts.'Mauprat|George Sand
Every moment new changes and new showers of deceptions to baffle and distract him.Emerson and Other Essays|John Jay Chapman
Before the Prince had left Edinburgh, intrigues had begun to distract his councils.Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745|Mrs. Thomson
There is no violence in the colour, nothing to distract the attention from the noble animals—all is quiet, passive and observant.
Gilardoni saw she suspected a secret, and, hoping to distract her thoughts, asked her if Franco intended to start at once.The Patriot|Antonio Fogazzaro
British Dictionary definitions for distract
Word Origin for distract
Word Origin and History for distract
mid-14c., "to draw asunder or apart, to turn aside" (literal and figurative), from Latin distractus, past participle of distrahere "draw in different directions," from dis- "away" (see dis-) + trahere "to draw" (see tract (n.1)).
Sense of "to throw into a state of mind in which one knows not how to act" is from 1580s. Related: Distracted; distracting; distractedly; distractedness.