- 1Prevent (someone) from concentrating on something: don’t allow noise to distract you from your workMore example sentences
- Reverting back to a glossary distracts a reader from concentrating on the science in an article.
- It distracted him enough to prevent a quick victory, but not enough to let Jeremy win.
- Now I'm rambling, but these thoughts distract me from concentrating on my work and I must let them out.
- 1.1Divert (attention) from something: it was another attempt to distract attention from the truthMore example sentences
- There is always a danger that new hi-tech systems will distract attention and divert energies from effective policing.
- Remember, Gilligan made possible Alastair Campbell's diversionary tactic that distracted attention from the argument about the need for war.
- The use of fashions in thought is to distract the attention of men from their real dangers.
- 1.2 (distract oneself) Divert one’s attention from something unpleasant by doing something different or more pleasurable: I tried to distract myself by concentrating on JaneMore example sentences
- They walked in silence into the woods, and Jonathon focused most of his attention on the scenery to distract himself.
- So, are you so over-committed because you're distracting yourself from the absurdity and meaninglessness of life?
- You are thinking incredibly wrongly and are only distracting yourself from enjoying the rest of this.
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'.