- to draw by a physical force causing or tending to cause to approach, adhere, or unite; pull (opposed to repel): The gravitational force of the earth attracts smaller bodies to it.
- to draw by appealing to the emotions or senses, by stimulating interest, or by exciting admiration; allure; invite: to attract attention; to attract admirers by one's charm.
- to possess or exert the power of attraction.
Origin of attract
Examples from the Web for attract
Cold War fears could be manipulated through misleading art to attract readers to daunting material.How Pulp Fiction Saved Literature
January 8, 2015
Not all Israeli gay propaganda is pinkwashing—a lot of it is good, old-fashioned PR to attract gay tourist dollars to Tel Aviv.How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline
December 28, 2014
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
December 22, 2014
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
December 4, 2014
As we approach the rumble of guns grows louder and alternates with the whir of cannonballs, which begin to attract his attention.How Clausewitz Invented Modern War
James A. Warren
November 24, 2014
And, if we do, it is doubtful if we can attract their attention.Brave and Bold
There will be nothing to attract these poor children to one centre.Fire Worship (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
Finally Number Thirteen cracked his long whip to attract their attention.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Whatever the motive for his masquerade, it was not to attract anything feminine.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
However little one desires to attract, one may at least wish one's hat to be straight.The Incomplete Amorist
- to draw (notice, a crowd of observers, etc) to oneself by conspicuous behaviour or appearance (esp in the phrase attract attention)
- (also intr) to exert a force on (a body) that tends to cause an approach or oppose a separationthe gravitational pull of the earth attracts objects to it
- to possess some property that pulls or draws (something) towards itselfjam attracts wasps
- (also intr) to exert a pleasing, alluring, or fascinating influence (upon); be attractive (to)
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.