American English

Definition of distraction noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a thing that takes your attention away from what you are doing or thinking about I find it hard to work at home because there are too many distractions. movie audiences looking for distraction
  2. 2[countable] an activity that amuses or entertains you
  3. Idioms
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    so that you become upset, excited, or angry and not able to think clearly The children are driving me to distraction today. She was alone in the house all day and bored to distraction.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: distraction