Definition of distract verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

distract

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dɪˈstrækt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstrækt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they distract
BrE BrE//dɪˈstrækt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstrækt//
 
he / she / it distracts
BrE BrE//dɪˈstrækts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstrækts//
 
past simple distracted
BrE BrE//dɪˈstræktɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstræktɪd//
 
past participle distracted
BrE BrE//dɪˈstræktɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstræktɪd//
 
-ing form distracting
BrE BrE//dɪˈstræktɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstræktɪŋ//
 
 
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distract somebody/something (from something) to take somebody’s attention away from what they are trying to do synonym divert You're distracting me from my work. Don't talk to her—she's very easily distracted. It was another attempt to distract attention from the truth. He’s easily distracted from his work an attempt to distract attention away from the real problems in the country Word Origin late Middle English (also in the sense ‘pull in different directions’): from Latin distract- ‘drawn apart’, from the verb distrahere, from dis- ‘apart’ + trahere ‘to draw, drag’.
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