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Unable to concentrate because one is preoccupied by something worrying or unpleasant.‘Charlotte seemed too distracted to give him much attention’
preoccupied, diverted, inattentive, vague, absorbed, engrossed, abstracted, distrait, distant, absent, absent-minded, farawayView synonyms
- ‘But we should not be distracted from the real issues it could not investigate.’
- ‘In the hallway I was distracted by crying sounds, a woman's cry.’
- ‘The driver is so distracted by a milkshake that he almost plows right into the back of another car!’
- ‘But like a child whose attention is easily distracted, he turned his attention back to Michelle once again.’
- ‘While contemplating her mother's advice, Fannie was distracted by a sound.’
- ‘These days I'm so distracted by the arguments over it that I cannot concentrate on teaching my students.’
- ‘I rubbed my forehead and tried to concentrate, but I was distracted again by a passerby consuming a large, warm cinnamon roll.’
- ‘He seemed distracted for a second, and then grinned and slung himself up into his bunk.’
- ‘Grace was too distracted by the thought of getting dirt in her brand-new white shoes.’
- ‘I was distracted for a second and realized I had traveled a bit off the road.’
- ‘But I tried not to get distracted from the task at hand.’
- ‘People are briefly distracted, Gable concedes, but she says the boost in morale makes it worthwhile.’
- ‘Suddenly his eyes averted over my head and he seemed distracted for a moment.’
- ‘I never heard anything but I was somewhat distracted at the time.’
- ‘They were distracted by a dull thumping sound from the other side of the room.’
- ‘Anna looked up, momentarily distracted by the noise her friends were making.’
- ‘As you said she's easily distracted so she doesn't quite pick up on things.’
- ‘Doubting she would be distracted enough by that to forget it, Adam quickly tried to think of something else to say.’
- ‘Hands-free devices are not considered to be safer as the driver is still distracted.’
- ‘Okay, so she was distracted and confused a lot of the time, but some strange qualities are endearing.’
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