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.

Other Words from attract

attractor \ ə-​ˈtrak-​tər How to pronounce attract (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 Whereas most climbers are obliged to attract media attention, sponsorship and publicity, Marc-André Leclerc climbs alone, and away from the spotlight. George Bird, Variety, 22 Nov. 2021 Based on a meeting held in August, organizers were looking to attract 250 participants and weren’t expecting any sponsors. David Sharos,, 20 Nov. 2021 Leaving the American Athletic Conference for the Big 12 should help women’s golf improve even more as more visibility should help attract more recruits. Guilherme Hiray Leal,, 19 Nov. 2021 The sophomore stands to attract scholarship offers from several Power-5 universities. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2021 Most likely to attract specific pollinators—blue is highly visible to bees. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Nov. 2021 There were attacks on a good friend and Bengals fan in Los Angeles, @commissioneryas, about the usual dreck women hear – not being real fans, just trying to attract guys. The Enquirer, 18 Nov. 2021 Naturally, not much was happening during the height of COVID, but now the center is revamped, open for business, and hoping to attract more teens. Steve Smith,, 18 Nov. 2021 Given Singapore’s success, other regions are actually wanting to attract crypto businesses as well. Joanna Ossinger, Fortune, 17 Nov. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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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, Diary of a Wimpy Kid
2 : to draw to or toward something else A magnet attracts iron.


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