distract etymology

English word distract comes from Latin traho, Latin dis-

Detailed word origin of distract

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
traho Latin (lat) (by extension) I attract the support of, win over.. (figuratively) I attract, draw (someone; their attention). I drag.. I draw out, prolong.. I extract, withdraw.. I plunder, squander.. I trail.
dis- Latin (lat) Asunder, apart, in two. Reversal, removal. Utterly, exceedingly.
distraho Latin (lat) I draw in different directions; divide, distract, perplex.. I draw, pull or drag asunder; tear in pieces, separate forcibly, divide; scatter.. I sell separately (in parcels), retail; sell (in general). I separate in sentiment, estrange, alienate.
distractus Latin (lat)
distract English (eng) (obsolete) Insane; mad.. (obsolete) Separated; drawn asunder. (transitive) To divert the attention of.

Words with the same origin as distract

Descendants of traho
abstract attract contract contractor distraction extract extraction number numerous portrait retract retreat trace traced tract traction tractor train trainee training trait treat treatment treaty
Descendants of dis-
address debate defeat delay dessert difference different difficult dinner direct direction director disagree disappear discipline discover discuss disguise display distance distant district dress dressed dressing