What does the word distract mean?

Usage examples for distract

  1. Do not let there be in the sick- room more than, besides the mother, one efficient nurse; a greater number can he of no service- they will only be in each other's way, and will distract the patient. – Advice to a Mother on the Management of her Children by Pye Henry Chavasse
  2. It was a relief to him to have something, however small, which would distract his mind from the events of the night. – The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle
  3. She resolutely took pen and paper, but the least thing seemed to distract her attention- the coronet on the note- paper cost her five minutes of far- off reflection. – The Sowers by Henry Seton Merriman