Simple Definition of attract
: to cause (someone) to choose to do or be involved in something
: to cause (someone) to like or be interested in something
: to cause (someone or something) to go to or move to or toward a place
Full Definition of attract
Examples of attract
The company has a difficult time attracting good employees because of its poor pay and benefits.
The chance to travel around the world attracted me to a career as a flight attendant.
The museum attracts visitors from all over the world.
The scent will attract certain insects.
Certain insects are attracted by the scent.
Her bright blue eyes attracted me.
The bird's colorful feathers are used to attract a mate.
Origin of attract
Middle English, from Latin attractus, past participle of attrahere, from ad- + trahere to pull, draw
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of attract
Rhymes with attract
abstract, class act, compact, contact, contract, crookbacked, detract, didact, diffract, distract, enact, entr'acte, epact, exact, extract, humpbacked, hunchbacked, impact, infract, intact, mossbacked, playact, protract, react, redact, refract, retract, sex act, subtract, swaybacked, transact, unbacked
ATTRACT Defined for Kids
Definition of attract
1 : to draw by appealing to interest or feeling <I guess we must've been talking pretty loud, because…we attracted a crowd. — Jeff Kinney, Wimpy Kid>
2 : to draw to or toward something else <A magnet attracts iron.>
Word Root of attract
The Latin word tractus, meaning “pulled” or “dragged,” gives us the root tract. Words from the Latin tractus have to do with being pulled or dragged. To attract is to pull or draw towards you. To distract is to pull someone's attention away from something. To extract is to pull one thing out of another. To subtract is to pull a portion or number away from a group or from a whole.
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