"Hey, are you listening?" "Oh, yes. I’m listening. Sorry, sorry, I just got distracted for a moment."
Because the hiragana ends with an う sound, you know this word is a verb. The kanji itself means scatter so the verb vocab version is to be scattered. You know that this verb represents when something is scattering (you're not doing the scattering), because you would never be so rude as to scatter someone or something yourself. It only happens when it happens on its own.
Think about something scattering. That something is cheese (ち), scattering all over the floor, going everywhere, getting in everything. Ugh, you hate how cheese scatters, don't you?