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distract vb.:
1. to separate, divide, scatter All'sW. V. iii. 35 “to the brightest beams D-ed clouds give way,” Oth. I. iii. 328, Ant. III. vii. 43 “Distract your army.”
2. to perplex, confuse, bewilder Wiv. II. ii. 141 “This news d-s me,” Tim. III. iv. 116 “your distracted soul,” Mac. II. iii. 111, Ham. I. v. 97 “this d-ed globe.”
3. to make mad Err. V. i. 39, 2H4 II. i. 120.
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  • Cross-references in text-specific dictionaries from this page (4):
    • William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra, 3.7
    • William Shakespeare, Macbeth, 2.3
    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 1.5
    • William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, 5.1
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