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Distract, vb. 1) to parcel, to disjoin, to divide: “supply it with one gender of herbs, or d. it with many,” Oth. I, 3, 327. “d. your army, which doth most consist of war-marked footmen,” Ant. III, 7, 44. Partic. --ed: “to the brightest beams --ed clouds give way,” All's V, 3, 35. Partic. distract: “to your audit comes their d. parcels in combined sums,” Compl. 231.
2) to confound, to put beside one's self, to madden: “this news --s me,” Wiv. II, 2, 140 (with joy). “poverty hath --ed her,” H4B II, 1, 116. “silence those whom this vile brawl --ed,” Oth. II, 3, 256. Partic. --ed; a) confused: “in most uneven and --ed manner,” Meas. IV, 4, 3. b) harassed, heart-broken, wretched: “accept --ed thanks,” Troil. V, 2, 189. “you only speak from your --ed soul,” Tim. III, 4, 115. “best state, contentless, hath a --ed and most wretched being,” IV, 3, 246. “while memory holds a seat in this --ed globe,” Hml. I, 5, 97. c) mad, out of one's senses: “abide all three --ed,” Tp. V, 12. “my poor --ed husband,” Err. V, 39. “in this --ed fear,” Mids. III, 2, 31. “they stared and were --ed,” Mcb. II, 3, 110. “he feels himself --ed,” Hml. III, 1, 5. “he's loved of the --ed multitude,” IV, 3, 4.
Partic. distract; a) beside one's self, desperate: “with this she fell d., and, her attendants absent, swallowed fire,” Caes. IV, 3, 155. b) mad: “the fellow is d.” Err. IV, 3, 42. “poor gentleman, he's much d.” Tw. V, 287. “mine hair be fixed on end, as one d.” H6B III, 2, 318. “to see thy noble uncle thus d.” Tit. IV, 3, 26. Hml. IV, 5, 2. Lr. IV, 6, 288.
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