Definition of distracted in US English:



  • Unable to concentrate because one's mind is preoccupied.

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