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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Swedbank’s response to the SVT report also attracted attention. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "Swedbank’s Crisis Management Questioned in Walk-Up to Money-Laundering Investigations," 3 Apr. 2019 The party, which took place at Pioneer Works, attracted all manner of actors, dancers, models, and recording artists, among them Lakeith Stanfield, Ashton Sanders, G-Eazy, Anh Duong, Daphne Groeneveld, and A$AP NAST. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Lacoste Celebrates Its Keith Haring Collaboration With a Very Brooklyn Bash," 28 Mar. 2019 According to the University of Missouri's Integrated Pest Management, peonies do, in fact, attract ants—but why? Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Fact or Fiction: Do Peonies Attract Ants?," 27 Mar. 2019 When the incumbent declined to run again, the race attracted national attention. Rebecca Gale, Marie Claire, "Elise Stefanik Is Going to Bring Women Back to the GOP," 25 Mar. 2019 Our hotel attracts every type of guest, from family vacationers who enjoy long beach days, to single adults and couples who come for the Miami nightlife, as well as traveling business professionals. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "Take a peek inside the art deco resort in Miami Beach that hosted old Hollywood's finest.," 12 Mar. 2019 Roanoke, already known for aggressively attracting restaurants, has seen a wave of openings within the past 12 months or so, almost all of them on the south end of the Oak Street strip where ChopShop Live is. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Talking shop — Roanoke ChopShop Live, that is — with Randy Rogers," 11 July 2018 Qualcomm included features like USB 3.1 and four PCI Express lanes to attract PC makers. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx for PCs aims to overcome the performance gap," 6 Dec. 2018 Get there early — the scrimmage attracted more than 10,000 fans last year. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Here's what you need to know about Black Expo 2018," 11 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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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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