Definition of attract
: to cause to approach or adhere: such asa : 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.
: to exercise attraction Opposites attract.
attractorplay \-ˈtrak-tər\ noun
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.
Recent Examples of attract from the Web
The day after Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey, an impromptu gathering outside the White House attracted office workers who held aloft signs made with manila envelopes and other office supplies.
The meet-up tends to attract up to 40 flow artists, parkour athletes, acrobats, gymnasts, and musicians.
As a precaution, the European Union in 2013 put a moratorium on using three neonicotinoids on oilseed rape and other flowering crops that attract bees.
The 5K attracted a small but spirited group that ran alongside joggers without bib numbers and bicyclists on the scenic Wicker Park paths.
So the investigator had every worker lay down his tool in a field, and observed that just one sickle attracted blowflies, which were known to seek out blood.
A mix of uses creates activity that attracts and retains people.
Today, Hosanna is a living schoolhouse museum, attracting visitors from all over the country.
Mr. Lewis said the videos on Well Done had already attracted 265 million views.
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Origin and Etymology of attract
Middle English, from Latin attractus, past participle of attrahere, from ad- + trahere to pull, draw
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of attract
ATTRACT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of attract for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of attract for Students
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.
Word Root of attract
The Latin word tractus, meaning “pulled” or “dragged,” gives us the root tract. Words from the Latin tractus have to do with being pulled or dragged. To attract is to pull or draw towards you. To distract is to pull someone's attention away from something. To extract is to pull one thing out of another. To subtract is to pull a portion or number away from a group or from a whole.
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