attract

verb
at·​tract | \ ə-ˈtrakt How to pronounce attract (audio) \
attracted; attracting; attracts

Definition of attract

transitive verb

: to cause to approach or adhere: such as
a : to pull to or draw toward oneself or itself A magnet attracts iron.
b : to draw by appeal to natural or excited interest, emotion, or aesthetic sense : entice attract attention The museum attracts visitors.

intransitive verb

: to exercise attraction Opposites attract.

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Other Words from attract

attractor \ ə-​ˈtrak-​tər How to pronounce attract (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for attract

attract, allure, charm, captivate, fascinate, enchant mean to draw another by exerting a powerful influence. attract applies to any degree or kind of ability to exert influence over another. students attracted by the school's locale allure implies an enticing by what is fair, pleasing, or seductive. an alluring smile charm implies the power of casting a spell over the person or thing affected and so compelling a response charmed by their hospitality , but it may, like captivate, suggest no more than evoking delight or admiration. her performances captivated audiences fascinate suggests a magical influence and tends to stress the ineffectiveness of attempts to resist. a story that continues to fascinate children enchant is perhaps the strongest of these terms in stressing the appeal of the agent and the degree of delight evoked in the subject. hopelessly enchanted by her beauty

Examples of attract in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Democratic leaders hope a bipartisan deal on the widely popular road and other projects would attract enough Republicans to succeed. BostonGlobe.com, 16 July 2021 Democratic leaders hope a bipartisan deal on the widely popular road and other projects would attract enough Republicans to succeed. Luis Andres Henao And Jessie Wardarski, chicagotribune.com, 15 July 2021 Why Do Some Crimes Increase When Airbnbs Come to Town? Tourists neither commit nor attract crimes. Sidney Fussell, Wired, 14 July 2021 Cocos and the Galapagos attract visitors thanks to their rich biodiversity and preserving iconic sea life could protect the tourism sector. Nell Lewis, CNN, 13 July 2021 Relationships matter, not only for productivity but also in developing a company culture that can both attract talent and ultimately keep it. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner, The Enquirer, 13 July 2021 McDonald's franchises across the U.S. are expected to offer childcare and other new benefits to help keep current employees and attract new ones. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 13 July 2021 Later that year, Already filed a counterclaim against Nike, arguing that Nike’s trademark negatively affected YUMS’ ability to sell its shoes and attract investors. Ann Gehan, Dallas News, 11 July 2021 Pyatt gives Holmes the right amount of brusqueness but comes up short on the vocal authoritativeness that would make his opposites-attract partnership with muddling Watson hit the greatest comic heights. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 10 July 2021

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First Known Use of attract

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for attract

Middle English, from Latin attractus, past participle of attrahere, from ad- + trahere to pull, draw

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The first known use of attract was in the 15th century

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18 Jul 2021

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“Attract.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attract. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for attract

attract

verb

English Language Learners 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

attract

verb
at·​tract | \ ə-ˈtrakt How to pronounce attract (audio) \
attracted; attracting

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.

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