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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: distractus, past participle of distrahere 'to pull apart'

distract

verb
     
dis‧tract [transitive]
to take someone's attention away from something by making them look at or listen to something else:
Try not to distract the other students.
distract somebody/something from something
Coverage of the war was used to distract attention from other matters.
distracting adjective

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