Distract

Definition of Distract

Dis`tract´
a.1.Separated; drawn asunder.
2.Insane; mad.
v. t.1.To draw apart or away; to divide; to disjoin.
[imp. & p. p. Distracted, old p. p. Distraught; p. pr. & vb. n. Distracting.]
A city . . . distracted from itself.
- Fuller.
2.To draw (the sight, mind, or attention) in different directions; to perplex; to confuse; as, to distract the eye; to distract the attention.
Mixed metaphors . . . distract the imagination.
- Goldsmith.
3.To agitate by conflicting passions, or by a variety of motives or of cares; to confound; to harass.
Horror and doubt distract
His troubled thoughts.
- Milton.
4.To unsettle the reason of; to render insane; to craze; to madden; - most frequently used in the participle, distracted.
A poor mad soul; . . . poverty hath distracted her.
- Shak.

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