[ dih-strak-shuhn ]
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  1. the act of distracting.

  2. the state of being distracted.

  1. mental distress or derangement: That child will drive me to distraction.

  2. that which distracts, divides the attention, or prevents concentration: The distractions of the city interfere with my studies.

  3. that which amuses, entertains, or diverts; amusement; entertainment: Fishing is his major distraction.

  4. division or disorder caused by dissension; tumult.

Origin of distraction

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin distractiōn-, stem of distractiō “separation”; equivalent to distract + -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for distraction


/ (dɪˈstrækʃən) /

  1. the act or an instance of distracting or the state of being distracted

  2. something that serves as a diversion or entertainment

  1. an interruption; an obstacle to concentration

  2. mental turmoil or madness

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