To cause to turn away from the original focus of attention or interest; divert.(verb-transitive)
To pull in conflicting emotional directions; unsettle.(verb-transitive)
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Use "distract" in a sentence
"The truth of it is clear, in part, because there are no special considerations (eg the speech being “free”) that distract from the general truth being true on its face."
"They are rabbit trails designed to distract from the point at hand by miring us in long, unsolvable, and previously discussed semantic gamesmanship."
"No need to distract from the center ring of this circus."