- 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 attracted
In the last year, her fusion exercise class has attracted a cult following and become de rigueur among the celebrity set.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
Thus it attracted a wave of cowboy operators to fly passengers and cargo between cities.Who Will Get AsiaAir 8501’s Black Boxes?
December 30, 2014
ALEC attracted corporations that saw an opportunity to push an agenda, regardless of ideology.The Left’s Answer to ALEC
December 15, 2014
On a practical level, readers are attracted to books that they can read in short bits.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life
December 6, 2014
Exploring the pangs of this tumultuous relationship is what most attracted Kent to this project.‘The Babadook’ Is the Best (and Most Sincere) Horror Movie of the Year
November 30, 2014
Stepping into the store, he attracted the attention of the proprietor.Brave and Bold
The first picture that attracted our admiration was a "Sheep scene," by Lambdin.
Do you know, Ried, that the letter you wrote me was the first thing which attracted me to you?Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Or was it the infinite humour of Falstaff which attracted him?The Man Shakespeare
How, having that name recorded in his note-book, he was first attracted by the name alone.Little Dorrit
- 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 attracted
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.