Distract Dis*tract", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Distracted}, old p. p. {Distraught}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Distracting}.] 1. To draw apart or away; to divide; to disjoin. [1913 Webster]

A city . . . distracted from itself. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

2. To draw (the sight, mind, or attention) in different directions; to perplex; to confuse; as, to distract the eye; to distract the attention. [1913 Webster]

Mixed metaphors . . . distract the imagination. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

3. To agitate by conflicting passions, or by a variety of motives or of cares; to confound; to harass. [1913 Webster]

Horror and doubt distract His troubled thoughts. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. To unsettle the reason of; to render insane; to craze; to madden; -- most frequently used in the participle, distracted. [1913 Webster]

A poor mad soul; . . . poverty hath distracted her. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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