attract

verb
at·​tract | \ə-ˈtrakt \
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 \ 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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The war has drawn in troops from America, France, Britain and Germany, and is attracting remnants of IS. The Economist, "The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa," 14 July 2018 Research shows that companies deemed top workplaces attract more highly qualified job applicants and experience reduced employee turnover. baltimoresun.com, "Deadline extended for nominations for the Top Workplaces in the Baltimore region," 14 July 2018 Shortly after Khosrowshahi brought Harford to Uber in December, Harford’s comments began attracting notice, five of the people with knowledge of the situation said. Mike Isaac, BostonGlobe.com, "At Uber, new questions arise about executive behavior," 14 July 2018 Raffle Room Coordinator Allison Kullenberg said the convention attracts a variety of people. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Valley of the dolls: Barbie collectors hit Phoenix resort scene for 2018 convention," 13 July 2018 But while Blair was busy blocking critics on Twitter, many others attempted to shout to the millions of Twitter users the thread had attracted that this wasn't some meet-cute romance story. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "Unidentified Plane Bae Woman's Statement Confirms the Worst," 13 July 2018 The festival achieved worldwide attention for more than three decades, with an annual operating budget of more than $100,000 during its peak years in the 1990s and attracting more than 90,000 attendees each year. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Chesterton Oz Fest ‘First Lady’ still greeting fans," 13 July 2018 The four-star forward, who has attracted scholarship offers from more than 20 schools, is closing in on some decisions in his recruitment. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball target Jaylin Williams to narrow school list," 13 July 2018 Ammonia made this way should attract buyers in places such as the European Union and California, which have created incentives to buy greener fuels. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018

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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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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 \
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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