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

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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 The song male frogs sing to attract females is similar to how birds of paradise use their feathers to grab their love interest's attention. Lorena Villanueva-almanza, The Indianapolis Star, "Frog love is in the air — unless someone gets in the way," 7 July 2020 In white-throated sparrows, males sing to warn off other males and attract females. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "The Birdsong That Took Over North America," 2 July 2020 Lawmakers eliminated cuts to medical school grants that are used to attract health professionals to rural and underserved areas and added $12 million in aid for rural hospitals. Nyamekye Daniel, Washington Examiner, "Georgia House passes $26B budget, spending plan heads to Kemp," 29 June 2020 The state has committed to open a Dutch representative office in Kentucky to attract investment to the state by Dutch companies. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Appalachian firm teams with Dutch government to grow 'ag-tech' epicenter in Kentucky," 24 June 2020 Lufthansa risks being less competitive and less able to attract investment in future if restructuring plans are delayed, said Glynn. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "Lufthansa's $10 billion bailout could collapse," 24 June 2020 Many were concerned about a big increase in harvests by a bait fishery in which the crabs were used to attract conch, eels and other species to traps. Doug Fraser, USA TODAY, "Horseshoe crabs may be the answer to a safe coronavirus vaccine next year. Here's why.," 16 June 2020 The local government has been actively trying to attract firms there, said Angelique Schouten, an executive at Ohpen, another fintech company that moved a few doors down eight years ago. Ruben Munsterman, Fortune, "With coronavirus in retreat, Amsterdam locals believe they can now reclaim a city center lost to overtourism," 9 June 2020 Testing centers in Sunbelt cities such as Tallahassee, Florida, and Phoenix routinely attract long lines and at times must turn away people. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus updates: New York City reports zero deaths for first time since March; Oklahoma records first teen death; Mexico deaths top 35K," 14 July 2020

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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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29 Jul 2020

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“Attract.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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 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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