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

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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And legislative races have attracted several first-time challengers, some of them teachers. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Arizona elections: #RedForEd, public education issues make way onto November ballot," 12 July 2018 The 26-year-old had attracted interest from a number of European powerhouses this summer but Fulham's proactive approach is understood to have helped secure the Ivory Coast international before his release clause expires on Sunday., "Fulham Move Closer to Finalising £30m Double Swoop for Jean Michaël Seri & Maxime Le Marchand," 12 July 2018 The coastal city in Georgia has attracted many U.S. residents and Europeans because of its antebellum architecture, cobblestone streets and large parks and squares, all along the water. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Dream homes: Five tempting homes for sale in Savannah," 11 July 2018 The situation also had attracted the attention of the federal government. Monique Garcia,, "Illinois watchdog Mautino's campaign fund narrowly avoids more fines," 10 July 2018 The technology has attracted controversy—and even a failed attempt to ban its use globally—because, if released in the wild, organisms carrying gene drives might be hard to contain. Ewen Callaway, Scientific American, "Controversial CRISPR “Gene Drives” Tested in Mammals for the First Time," 10 July 2018 His new venture has attracted the backing of City of London investors including hedge fund manager Crispin Odey. Bloomberg, Fortune, "Martin Sorrell Sticks It To His Old Firm WPP With His Latest Deal," 10 July 2018 The case has also attracted widespread criticism internationally. Oliver Slow / Yangon, Time, "Judge Rules That Two Reuters Journalists Detained in Myanmar Will Stand Trial," 9 July 2018 The rally in this city of 1.3 million has attracted an eclectic mix of bikers, from Hells Angels members to corporate executives. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Harley-Davidson riders in Prague share a parade, stories, at a rally that fuels their passion," 7 July 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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evasion of direct action or statement

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