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Synonyms for distract
dɪˈstrækt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. distract, deflect(verb)

    draw someone's attention away from something

    "The thief distracted the bystanders"; "He deflected his competitors"

    Synonyms:
    forfend, unhinge, disorder, avert, ward off, disquiet, bend, obviate, perturb, fend off, stave off, block, debar, avoid, head off, forefend, parry, trouble, turn away, deflect, cark

  2. perturb, unhinge, disquiet, trouble, cark, distract, disorder(verb)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    unhinge, disorder, perturb, inconvenience oneself, upset, inconvenience, ail, discommode, disquiet, bother, cark, deflect, put out, incommode, disoblige, pain, disarray, throw out of kilter, trouble, disturb, trouble oneself, derange

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. distract(v)

    The central idea of withdrawing makes abstract in common speech a euphemism for appropriate (unlawfully), purloin, steal. In mental processes we discriminate between objects by distinguishing their differences; we separate some one element from all that does not necessarily belong to it, abstract it, and view it alone. We may separate two ideas, and hold both in mind in comparison or contrast; but when we abstract one of them, we drop the other out of thought. The mind is abstracted when it is withdrawn from all other subjects and concentrated upon one, diverted when it is drawn away from what it would or should attend to by some other interest, distracted when the attention is divided among different subjects, so that it can not be given properly to any. The trouble with the distracted person is that he is not abstracted. Compare DISCERN.

    Synonyms:
    abstract, appropriate, detach, discriminate, distinguish, divert, eliminate, purloin, remove, separate, steal, take away, withdraw

    Antonyms:
    add, combine, complete, conjoin, fill up, increase, restore, strengthen, unite

    Preposition:
    The purse may be abstracted from the pocket; the substance from the accidents; a book into a compend.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. distract

    Synonyms:
    divide, dissipate, dissever, disconcert, discompose, perplex, bewilder, convulse, madden, disturb

    Antonyms:
    unite, fix, concentrate, collect, compose

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. distract(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    perplex, confuse, discompose, harass, disturb, disconcert, bewilder, confound, mystify, embarrass

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    divert, deflect, amuse, entertain, hijack, detract

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How to use distract in a sentence?

  1. Apple Inc:

    Qualcomm's ongoing campaign of patent infringement claims is nothing more than an attempt to distract from the larger issues they face with investigations into their business practices in U.S. federal court, and around the world.

  2. Luther Strange:

    Donald Trump are trying to make America great again, and it’s a privilege to work alongside both to accomplish the Trump agenda for the American people, and we need to stop letting the media distract us from that agenda.

  3. Nancy Pelosi:

    That's something Donald TrumpDespite does well, to distract from problems that Donald TrumpDespite has. Donald TrumpDespite tries to change the subject, i think what really got to Donald TrumpDespite is these court cases and the fact that the House Democratic caucus is not on a path to impeachment and that's where Donald TrumpDespite wants us to be.

  4. Julie Rish:

    Keeping a positive environment makes it harder to make an unhealthy choice and it also helps you to delay a response to the craving, those cravings peak over 15 to 20 minutes and if you can just delay them and distract yourself for that long the cravings start to come down on their own.

  5. David Payne:

    The Ted Cruz campaign said in response to Manafort's comments : The Cruz campaign's no surprise that Trump's team will lash out with falsehoods when facing a loss to distract from their failure. … We have earned our success by working hard to build a superior organization and are working within the process and rules. Anticipating a fight for every delegate, Ted Cruz was campaigning Monday in California, which holds a delegate-rich primary on June 7. David Payne, a Republican strategist and Vox Global partner, suggested on Monday that Cruz’s efforts to win delegate support will be indispensable if Donald Trump fails to get to 1,237 delegates -- as the candidates would have to compete for them during balloting at an open convention in July. Ted Cruz will be on familiar turf, consider that Ted Cruz is likely to win a handful of the remaining winner-take-all states … coupled with proportional delegate wins for Ted Cruz and Ted Cruz and John Kasich, this makes it mathematically difficult for Donald Trump to win the nomination according to the current convention rules.


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