from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having the attention diverted.
- adj. Suffering conflicting emotions; distraught.
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- v. Simple past tense and past participle of distract.
- adj. having one's attention diverted; preoccupied
- adj. distraught
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Mentally disordered; unsettled; mad.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Perplexed; harassed or bewildered by opposing considerations.
- Disordered in intellect; deranged; mad; frantic.
- Synonyms Abstracted, Diverted, etc. See absent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having the attention diverted especially because of anxiety
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"It's not a coincidence," Gallagher points out, "that the term distracted once referred not just to a loss or dilution of attention but also to confusion, mental imbalance, and even madness."
His face was wan and his expression distracted, his eyes darting from face to face.
He smiled wide while reaching to his waist, and his expression distracted Chekov just long enough that he didn’t see the disruptor until the Prastorian had fired it at him, point blank, right into his chest.
And last night I got distracted from the baseball by some good books from the library (something is wrong with me), including the Tales of Edgar Allan Poe.
I'm not sure keeping yourself distracted is going to get you to the point where you forget the fact that are not actually ingesting caffeine.
A note on style – the parenthetical asides sprinkled throughout distracted from the story.
I was distracted from the article by the stool, then distracted from the stool by Natalie Goldberg.
Oh man, if being distracted is real bad mothering then I am awful.
As a result, though I enjoyed them, I thought at times they actually distracted from the play.
So many things kept me distracted from the wars that came after.
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