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