(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. inattentive, prepossessed, distracted; absorbed, engrossed, in a brown study (inf.). See inattention. Ant., attentive.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. distracted, absorbed, engrossed; see absent-minded , rapt 2 .
See Synonym Study at absent-minded .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
busy, occupied, engaged, involved, immersed, absorbed, *wrapped up, engrossed, removed, *lost in thought, *deep in thought.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Having one's thoughts fully occupied: absorbed, deep, intent, rapt. Idiom: wrapped up in. See AWARENESS, EXCITE. 2. So lost in thought as to be unaware of one's surroundings: absent, absent-minded, abstracted, bemused, distrait, faraway, inattentive. Idiom: a. million miles away. See ABILITY, AWARENESS.

English dictionary for students. 2013.


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