verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of attract
Examples from the Web for attract
Cold War fears could be manipulated through misleading art to attract readers to daunting material.
They dye their hair and alter their clothes, but not enough to attract attention from authorities.North Korea’s Secret Movie Bootleggers: How Western Films Make It Into the Hermit Kingdom|Lizzie Crocker|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Who helps build convention centers and adjacent hotels so cities can attract convention business?Democrats Are Petrified of Defending Government—but They Need to Start|Michael Tomasky|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As we approach the rumble of guns grows louder and alternates with the whir of cannonballs, which begin to attract his attention.
“Hollywood studios are always trying to attract the largest audience to make money,” Wiseman says.Inside The Secret World of London’s National Gallery|Tim Teeman|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When she saw him, he pleased her; she had a desire to attract him, to see him often.The Red Lily, Complete|Anatole France
There was nothing in the state of the atmosphere to attract special attention.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)|Charles Creighton
But to return for a time to the means taken to attract the notice of other ships.The Loss of the SS. Titanic|Lawrence Beesley
The process is impossible when there is in the work nothing to attract and something to disgust the vulgar mind.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)|John Ruskin
The exposition was a very valuable one, and did not fail to attract a large concourse of people from all parts of the country.Reminiscences, 1819-1899|Julia Ward Howe.
British Dictionary definitions for attract
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for attract
Word Origin and History for attract
Originally a medical term for the body's tendency to absorb fluids, nourishment, etc., or for a poultice treatment to "draw out" diseased matter (1560s). Of the ability of people or animals to draw others to them, it is attested from 1560s; of physical forces (magnetism, etc.), from c.1600 (implied in attraction). Related: Attracted; attracting.