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 \ 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 Employers have the power to help alleviate pressures associated with student debt while using loan repayment assistance to attract and retain top talent. Dan Rosensweig, Fortune, "There Are Concrete Ways Businesses Can Help Lower Student Debt," 17 Sep. 2019 Corporate and institutional investors, attracted by potentially hefty profits from a near-captive clientele, underscore what has always been an unusual housing proposition. Washington Post, "Mobile home parks move from mom-and-pop to corporate," 16 Sep. 2019 In 2018, the nonprofit came up with a two-pronged initiative: Refresh and reconfigure the nursing home to attract a higher-paying clientele, and launch a major capital campaign. Glenn Nelson, The Seattle Times, "Battle for ‘soul’ of Seattle’s Japanese American community as Keiro Northwest nursing home closes," 16 Sep. 2019 The loan is part of a broader effort to add apartments in the downtown area to attract renters and boost vibrancy beyond the workweek. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "After years of delays, apartment conversion at downtown Hartford’s Red Lion Hotel near the finish line," 16 Sep. 2019 The school anticipates its new tuition model, with its more realistic numbers, will attract more prospective students, and view Hiram more attractive financially. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland.com, "Hiram College lowers tuition sticker price," 12 Sep. 2019 Interested parties could be attracted by Aigle Azur's landing slots at Orly, Paris' second largest airport. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, "13,000 passengers stranded after French airline goes bankrupt," 10 Sep. 2019 Audiences are flocking to Koy’s shows in droves, attracted perhaps by his unique take on both fresh and tired subject matters, with his Filipino heritage and race in general a frequent theme. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hard work and DIY attitude helped stand-up comedian Jo Koy turn rejection into success," 25 Aug. 2019 Great white sharks had become increasingly prevalent along the Cape’s beaches, attracted by the expanding population of gray seals. Kate Taylor, New York Times, "‘Shark!’: Cape Cod Recoils in a Summer of Great White Sightings, Real and Imagined," 20 Aug. 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
How to pronounce attract (audio)

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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