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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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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Remarkably, these organizations are also making enough money to attract investors from around the world. Vijay Govindarajan, STAT, "What India can teach the U.S. about driving down the cost of health care," 10 July 2018 Ford is moving into the long-vacant Michigan Central Station, the old Tiger Stadium site is redeveloping, hip restaurants attract visitors from afar and real estate prices are soaring. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Here's what you might not know about Corktown's history," 9 July 2018 The city’s status as Illiniois’ second largest brings with it a prestige that can attract attention from state and federal governments and from businesses, Deputy Mayor Chuck Nelson said. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora in 2018: With population no longer booming, city looks to downtown for future growth," 6 July 2018 In particular, higher pay has been attracting workers to jobs in industries where employers complain about a severe labor shortage, such as construction, manufacturing or health care. Eric Morath, WSJ, "In This Economy, Quitters Are Winning," 4 July 2018 Barraclough, who is likely to get All-Star consideration, has also been attracting trade interest from multiple teams according to reports. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "As trade rumors swirl, Marlins closer Kyle Barraclough named NL’s top reliever in June," 2 July 2018 Neighbors in Airport Heights found a welcome sight Thursday: An excavator in the driveway of a empty, derelict house that had been attracting squatters and other problems. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "An abandoned home is sold. An Anchorage neighborhood rejoices.," 29 June 2018 The efforts to attract breweries from Baja California are meant to set National City apart from other cities by adding a new dimension to the region’s booming craft beer scene, Reynoso said. David Hernandez,, "National City looks to attract breweries south of the border," 28 June 2018 The goal in the first year is to attract 300,000 visitors, Wagner said. Wesley Case,, "Guinness brewery in Baltimore County to open Aug. 3," 27 June 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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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


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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