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/ əˈtrækt /
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verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
to possess or exert the power of attraction.
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Origin of attract
1400–50; late Middle English <Latin attractus drawn to (past participle of attrahere), equivalent to at-at- + trac- (variant stem of trahere to draw) + -tus past participle suffix
OTHER WORDS FROM attract
at·tract·a·ble, adjectiveat·tract·a·ble·ness, nounat·tract·ing·ly, adverbat·trac·tor, at·tract·er, noun
re·at·tract, verb (used with object)un·at·tract·a·ble, adjectiveun·at·tract·ed, adjectiveun·at·tract·ing, adjective
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How to use attract in a sentence
If you remain unattracted by those who are better placed in the world, I think John will try again, in spite of his pride.The Late Miss Hollingford|Rosa Mulholland
Charter was not unattracted, but his self-command was strangely imperious.She Buildeth Her House|Will Comfort
A love unattracted by this must be indeed disinterested—without the possibility of being displaced.The Bandolero|Mayne Reid
One notable result of dulness and apathy is to make a person unattractive to the opposite sex and to be unattracted by them.Inquiries into Human Faculty and Its Development|Francis Galton
She attracted him, as any beautiful and helpless girl attracts an unattracted man.The Street of Seven Stars|Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for attract
/ (əˈtrækt) /
verb (mainly tr)
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)
Derived forms of attractattractable, adjectiveattractor or attracter, noun
Word Origin for attract
C15: from Latin attrahere to draw towards, from trahere to pull
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