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

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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

More than 10 million people tune in to watch Judge Judy every single day, which attracts advertisers to the show as well. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Judge Judy Sheindlin Is the Highest-Paid Host on Television," 28 Nov. 2018 As Dolce & Gabbana began promoting The Great Show in Shanghai on social media, the brand once again started attracting attention—this time, for what many characterized as trivializing, racist messaging. Ana Colón, Glamour, "Everything You Need to Know About Dolce & Gabbana's Canceled Shanghai Fashion Show," 26 Nov. 2018 Along the bohemian stretch of Jalan Prawirotaman, large-scale street art covers the walls between artisanal gelato shops and coffee bars, like Move On, with its long wooden tables and live music, which attracts the city’s growing middle class. Marianna Cerini, Condé Nast Traveler, "Yogyakarta Is the Cultural Hub to Hit on Your Next Trip to Southeast Asia," 16 Nov. 2018 The real jackpot is finding a card with a famous person's signature, which will attract buyers who follow particular authors or artists or specialize in presidential or film memorabilia. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Your Old Christmas Cards Might Be Worth Serious Money," 16 Nov. 2018 Phoebe disrupted the idea that women are ornamental, objects whose sole purpose for existing is to attract the attention of men. Amanda Murray, Teen Vogue, "People Are Scrambling to Buy Old Céline After Hedi Slimane's Controversial Collection," 26 Oct. 2018 British De Waal has previously appeared on Broadway in Kinky Boots and American Idiot, but her next role is sure to attract the most attention when she’s transformed into the late Princess. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "The Princess Diana Musical Has Cast Jeanna de Waal, to Play The Late Princess of Wales," 9 Oct. 2018 The city’s publicity campaign—lead by boostery videos of Mayor Sly James leaving 5-star product reviews on Amazon—helped attract worldwide media attention. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon HQ2: Why some cities feel like winners, despite losing," 28 Sep. 2018 For instance, someone with a Leo Venus in the sixth house (which represents your daily routines) may always be seeking opportunities to perform and attract attention within their office environment. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What the Position of Venus in Your Birth Chart Means for You," 31 July 2018

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.

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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 \
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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