Distraction definition

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Mental or emotional disturbance; agitation or confusion.

Loved the puppy to distraction; was driven to distraction by the noisy neighbors.

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The definition of a distraction is something that takes your attention away from something on which you should be focused.

Someone passing notes in class when the teacher is talking is an example of a distraction.

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Great mental disturbance or distress.
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Something that makes it difficult to pay attention or that draws attention away from familiar or everyday concerns.

Was annoyed by the distractions of having so many roommates; found that the shopping mall was always full of pleasant distractions.

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A distracting or being distracted; confusion.
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Anything that distracts.
  • A mental intrusion or cause of confusion.
  • Anything that gives mental relaxation; amusement; diversion.
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Something that distracts.

Poking one's eye is a good distraction from a hurting toe.

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The process of being distracted.

We have to reduce distraction in class if we want students to achieve good results.

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Mental disorder; a deranged state of mind; insanity.

The incessant nightmares drove him to distraction.

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The act of distracting, or the condition of being distracted.

Inexperienced drivers are especially vulnerable to distraction. His distraction of the child worked well, and the child stopped crying.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
distraction
Plural:
distractions

Origin of distraction