Distract

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.
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A city . . . distracted from itself.
Fuller.
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2. To draw (the sight, mind, or attention) in different directions; to perplex; to confuse; as, to distract the eye; to distract the attention.
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Mixed metaphors . . . distract the imagination.
Goldsmith.
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3. To agitate by conflicting passions, or by a variety of motives or of cares; to confound; to harass.
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Horror and doubt distract
His troubled thoughts.
Milton.
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4. To unsettle the reason of; to render insane; to craze; to madden; -- most frequently used in the participle, distracted.
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A poor mad soul; . . . poverty hath distracted her.
Shak.
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