Definition of attract
- A magnet attracts iron.
- attract attention
- The museum attracts visitors.
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.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'attract.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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
What made you want to look up attract? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).