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Definition of Distract


  1. Separated; drawn asunder.
  2. Insane; mad.
  3. To draw apart or away; to divide; to disjoin.
  4. To draw (the sight, mind, or attention) in different directions; to perplex; to confuse; as, to distract the eye; to distract the attention.
  5. To agitate by conflicting passions, or by a variety of motives or of cares; to confound; to harass.
  6. To unsettle the reason of; to render insane; to craze; to madden; -- most frequently used in the participle, distracted.

Distract Quotations

Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation.
Jean Arp

One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don't invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.
Michelle Obama

Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end.
Henry David Thoreau

With the White Stripes we were trying to trick people into not realising we were playing the blues. We did not want to come off like white kids trying to play black music from 100 years ago so a great way to distract them was by dressing in red, white and black.
Jack White

If you love something, you have to stay really focused and can't let outside things distract you.
Victoria Justice
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Distract Translations

distract in Dutch is verstrooien
distract in French is distrayons, distraient, distrayez, distraire
distract in German is ablenken
distract in Italian is distrarre, disordinare
distract in Norwegian is distrahere, avlede
distract in Spanish is confundir, dispersar, apartar, distraer
distract in Swedish is dra bort, distrahera
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