verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of attract
British Dictionary definitions for attracter
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for attract
Word Origin and History for attracter
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.