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English definition of “distract”


verb [T]  /dɪˈstrækt/ us  
to take someone’s attention away from what that person is doing or should be doing: She liked to work with the radio playing and said it did not distract her.
noun [C/U]  /dɪˈstræk·ʃən/ us  
[U] It’s impossible to work with all this distraction.
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