Definition for distracted (2 of 2)
verb (used with object)
Origin of distract
Examples from the Web for distracted
Employers—both women and men—think mothers are distracted by family duties.
First we laugh, then we begin to wonder why the man was so distracted that he didn't notice he'd taken the doorknob with him.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At the moment when the remaining gunmen were distracted by a cellphone call, the five survivors bolted into the darkness.
They end up flirting with some girls while traveling with Ben, and are so distracted that they leave him on a city bus.
Amid our grief we now see that New York had been distracted by flash and wit and cash for too long.
Public attention was distracted by the appearance of Monsieur Bournisien, who was going across the market with the holy oil.Madame Bovary|Gustave Flaubert
Silence reigned; Pierrette was watching the game, Sylvie's attention was distracted from her by the interest of the grande misere.Pierrette|Honore de Balzac
Clarence made an error in his first move, for his attention was distracted by seeing Belinda behind his adversary's chair.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)|Maria Edgeworth
"Don't, darling—just to please me," Mollie begged, distracted.A Case in Camera|Oliver Onions
But I am at present distracted with doubts and torn by remorse.The Letters of Charles Dickens|Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for distracted (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for distracted (2 of 2)
Word Origin for distract
Word Origin and History for distracted
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.