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 \ -​ˈtrak-​tər How to pronounce attractor (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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Food trucks, beer and wine vendors and the mud play zone attract visitors of all ages. Laurel Deppen, The Courier-Journal, "This Louisville-based beatboxer was ranked in the top 5 in the nation," 8 Aug. 2019 At first, the site attracted about sixteen hundred daily visitors, and Graham moderated and maintained it himself. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "The Lonely Work of Moderating Hacker News," 8 Aug. 2019 Even the amount of carbon dioxide, or CO2, a person exhales can attract more mosquitoes. Elizabeth King, Allure, "Why Mosquitos Bite Some People More Than Others," 8 Aug. 2019 The federal agency on Tuesday announced an interim decision involving sodium cyanide that’s used in M-44s, devices embedded in the ground that look like lawn sprinklers but spray cyanide when triggered by animals attracted by bait. Washington Post, "US gives initial OK to predator-killing sodium cyanide," 7 Aug. 2019 The three-day meet attracted about 650 swimmers who had to qualify in their particular event with Junior Olympic times. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Pompano Piranhas conclude long-course season on winning note," 7 Aug. 2019 Many of those who get a Nobel nod live here in the United States, whether born here or attracted here by the vibrant scientific research community. Trevor Lipscombe, Time, "Einstein Feared a Nazi Atom Bomb—But Immigrants Made Sure the U.S. Got There First," 2 Aug. 2019 In addition, Epic Games has used Fortnite's popularity to attract lucrative partnerships. Xavier Harding, Fortune, "The Fortnite World Cup Finals May Be the Biggest Thing in Sports This Weekend. Here’s How to Watch," 26 July 2019 The fearless youngster, Kenneth Allen, traveled at a blistering one mile per hour on his toy John Deere, attracted by the sounds and lights of the Chisago County Fair in Rush City. Fox News, "Missing Minnesota toddler found cruising on toy tractor at county fair," 21 July 2019

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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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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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