Ablenkung Ab•len•kung f
(=Ab-, Wegleitung) deflection (auch Phys)
[+von Wellen, Licht] refraction
(=Zerstreuung) diversion, distraction
Ablenkung brauchen to need something to take one's mind off things
sich ($) Ablenkung verschaffen dat to provide oneself with a distraction, to provide oneself with something to take one's mind off things
zur Ablenkung einen Spaziergang machen to take one's mind off things by going for a walk
[+von Plan, jds Interesse] diversion
[+von Verdacht] aversion, averting
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