distract (someone's) attention from something

distract (someone’s) attention from something phrase
to do something in order to stop someone from paying attention to something

They tried to distract attention from the crisis.

Thesaurus: to make someone unable to concentrate or think clearlysynonym
Main entry: distract

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • distract */ — UK [dɪˈstrækt] / US verb [transitive] Word forms distract : present tense I/you/we/they distract he/she/it distracts present participle distracting past tense distracted past participle distracted to get someone s attention and prevent them from… …   English dictionary

  • distract — dis|tract [ dı strækt ] verb transitive * to get someone s attention and prevent them from concentrating on something: She was distracted by the sound of running water. distract someone from something: We must let nothing distract us from our… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • distract — ► VERB 1) prevent (someone) from giving their full attention to something. 2) divert (attention) from something. DERIVATIVES distracted adjective distracting adjective. ORIGIN Latin distrahere draw apart …   English terms dictionary

  • attention — at|ten|tion [ ə tenʃən ] noun *** ▸ 1 interest/thought ▸ 2 fact that you notice something ▸ 3 special care/treatment ▸ 4 way of standing straight ▸ 5 show of love/interest ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) uncount the interest or thought you give to something you …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • attention */*/*/ — UK [əˈtenʃ(ə)n] / US noun 1) a) [uncountable] the interest or thought that you give to something you are listening to or watching The speaker was dull and their attention soon wandered. May I please have your attention? turn your attention to… …   English dictionary

  • distract — [dɪ strakt] verb prevent (someone) from concentrating on something. ↘divert (attention) from something. Derivatives distracted adjective distractedly adverb distracting adjective distractingly adverb distractor …   English new terms dictionary

  • attention — at|ten|tion W1S1 [əˈtenʃən] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(listen/look/think carefully)¦ 2¦(interest)¦ 3¦(notice)¦ 4¦(repair/cleaning)¦ 5¦(care)¦ 6 stand to/at attention 7 attention! 8 for the attention of somebody ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • distract — dis|tract [dıˈstrækt] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: distractus, past participle of distrahere to pull apart ] to take someone s attention away from something by making them look at or listen to something else ▪ Try not to distract the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • distract — verb (T) to make someone who is working, studying etc unable to continue what they are doing by making them look at or listen to something else: Try not to distract the other students. | distract sb from: Meg was distracted from her work by the… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • distract — [dɪˈstrækt] verb [T] to get someone s attention and prevent them from concentrating on something The noise was distracting me.[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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