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

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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Recent Examples on the Web Though his establishments attracted an upscale clientele the heavyset, genial Johnston, who joined the Greenbrier in 1928, was an empathetic boss much beloved by his staff. Harvey Solomon, Smithsonian Magazine, "When the Greenbrier and Other Appalachian Resorts Became Prisons for Axis Diplomats," 21 Feb. 2020 Now, rather than sitting for a reading or waiting for a magazine, finding your horoscope is as simple as downloading an app—and the ease and thoroughness of zodiac apps is attracting a curious, if skeptical, set of new users. Haley Velasco, WSJ, "Why Astrology Apps Are Rising," 20 Feb. 2020 The evolution from clunky tuning knobs to convenient pre-set buttons changed the way the audience consumed it and the way programmers attracted listeners. Tom Roland, Billboard, "Country Radio Seminar Finds 100-Year-Old Medium At Crossroads: Can It Reinvent Itself (Again)?," 20 Feb. 2020 Vanek revealed that the offering attracts a wide variety of students, rather than just stereotypical overachievers. cleveland, "Independence school board meeting highlights efforts of students, faculty," 19 Feb. 2020 Six defenders in the front seven attracted substantial investments the past two years. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "Cowboys position preview: How Dallas could address safety in free agency, NFL draft if Jeff Heath is let go," 19 Feb. 2020 There are also key questions for the rest of the field ahead of Saturday's Nevada caucuses: Can Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar widen their bases and attract black and Latino voters? NBC News, "Morning Rundown: Dems set to clash in Nevada, Trump issues pardons, coronavirus latest," 19 Feb. 2020 Bloomberg’s views on transgender people started attracting widespread scrutiny earlier this month when a clip of him speaking during an event at the University of Oxford in December 2016 was shared on Twitter and went viral. Allyson Chiu,, "‘Some guy wearing a dress’: Bloomberg reference to transgender people in 2019 video prompts outcry," 19 Feb. 2020 The size and shape of the cavities in the fossil are what attracted the attention of the researchers, May added. Fox News, "Cancer seen in humans also found in 66M-year-old dinosaur fossil," 18 Feb. 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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24 Feb 2020

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“Attract.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 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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