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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To watch out While selling products under own brand at cheaper prices to attract more buyers seems like a simple strategy, there are pitfalls, warn experts. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Grofers hopes to win India’s online grocery war with its low-priced, in-house brands," 10 July 2019 But business faded in the 1990s as other cities, states and countries dangled lucrative incentives to attract productions. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "De Niro and Netflix Bet That New York Can Be a New Hollywood," 10 July 2019 And tacos in particular are a good way to attract customers, said Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail, a research and consulting firm. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Burger King is now selling $1 tacos nationwide. Here's why," 9 July 2019 The image was later displayed in Plumbe’s studio to attract future clientele. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "How the Camera Introduced Americans to Their Heroines," 9 July 2019 The best way to attract that talent is through widespread distribution of Time Warner content. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "AT&T takes some Time Warner shows off Netflix, makes them exclusive to HBO Max," 9 July 2019 As a part of this project, the city has already invested in Marino’s expansion in Ensley and established $500,000 for the Healthy Foods Fund to pay for incentives to attract grocers. Hailey Auglair | Hauglair@al.com, al.com, "New Birmingham law hopes to increase fresh food availability, limit discount stores," 9 July 2019 The areas will be seeded with pollinator-friendly plants to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinator species in addition to providing a filtering mechanism for nitrogen that comes from fertilizer placed on cornfields. USA TODAY, "Roller coaster ghost town, Alaska heat, rock hyrax pups: News from around our 50 states," 8 July 2019 To attract interested guests, the library is focusing on a variety of mediums. Michael Walsh, courant.com, "Noah Webster Library Hosting ‘West Hartford Trees’ Programming," 8 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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