dis·tract /dɪsˈtrækt/ 及物動詞
1. Separated; drawn asunder. [Obs.]
2. Insane; mad. [Obs.]
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.
A city . . . distracted from itself. --Fuller.
2. To draw (the sight, mind, or attention) in different directions; to perplex; to confuse; as, to distract the eye; to distract the attention.
Mixed metaphors . . . distract the imagination. --Goldsmith.
3. To agitate by conflicting passions, or by a variety of motives or of cares; to confound; to harass.
Horror and doubt distract
His troubled thoughts. --Milton.
4. To unsettle the reason of; to render insane; to craze; to madden; -- most frequently used in the participle, distracted.
A poor mad soul; . . . poverty hath distracted her. --Shak.
v 1: draw someone's attention away from something; "The thief
distracted the bystanders"; "He deflected his
competitors" [syn: deflect]
2: disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or
alarmed; "She was rather perturbed by the news that her
father was seriously ill" [syn: perturb, unhinge, disquiet,
trouble, cark, disorder]