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Princeton's WordNet

  1. attract, pull, pull in, draw, draw inverb

    direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes

    "Her good looks attract the stares of many men"; "The ad pulled in many potential customers"; "This pianist pulls huge crowds"; "The store owner was happy that the ad drew in many new customers"

  2. attract, appealverb

    be attractive to

    "The idea of a vacation appeals to me"; "The beautiful garden attracted many people"

  3. attractverb

    exert a force on (a body) causing it to approach or prevent it from moving away

    "the gravitational pull of a planet attracts other bodies"


  1. attractverb

    To pull toward without touching

    A magnet attracts iron filings.

  2. attractverb

    To arouse interest

    Advertising is designed to attract customers.

  3. attractverb

    To make someone feel sexually excited

    His big smile and brown eyes instantly attracted me.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Attractnoun

    Attraction; the power of drawing.

    Etymology: from to attract.

    Feel darts and charms, attracts and flames,
    And woe and contract in their names. Hudibras.

  2. To ATTRACTverb

    Etymology: attraho, attractum, Lat.

    A man should scarce persuade the affections of the loadstone, or that jet and amber attracteth straws and light bodies. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    The single atoms each to other tend,
    Attract, attracted to, the next in place,
    Form’d and impell’d its neighbour to embrace. Alexander Pope.

    She was indeed, and lovely, to attract
    Thy love; not thy subjection. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. x.

    Shew the care of approving all actions so, as may most effectually attract all to this profession. Henry Hammond, Fundam.

    Deign to be lov’d, and ev’ry heart subdue!
    What nymph could e’er attract such crowds as you! Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Attractverb

    to draw to, or cause to tend to; esp. to cause to approach, adhere, or combine; or to cause to resist divulsion, separation, or decomposition

  2. Attractverb

    to draw by influence of a moral or emotional kind; to engage or fix, as the mind, attention, etc.; to invite or allure; as, to attract admirers

  3. Attractnoun


Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Attract

    at-trakt′, v.t. to draw to or cause to approach: to allure: to entice: to draw forth.—adj. Attract′able, that may be attracted.—n. Attrac′tion, act of attracting: the force which draws or tends to draw bodies or their particles to each other: that which attracts.—adj. Attract′ive, having the power of attracting: alluring.—advs. Attract′ively, Attract′ingly.—ns. Attract′iveness, Attractabil′ity; Attract′or, Attract′er, an agent of attraction. [L. attrahĕre, attractusad, to, trahĕre, to draw.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'attract' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3762

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    Rank popularity for the word 'attract' in Verbs Frequency: #320

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of attract in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of attract in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of attract in a Sentence

  1. Andersen Brower:

    The Obamas did social events up bigger than the Bushes did, and they had a celebrity quotient that we didn't see with the Bushes, the inaugural balls gave a taste of how difficult it will be for the Trumps to attract that kind of A-list talent.

  2. New Zealand government:

    Flavors may be used to attract children and young people to vape or use smokeless tobacco products, however, they also seem to be an important factor in supporting smokers to switch.

  3. Mark Gottlieb:

    Unless pros stake a lot of money on these contests, the contest prizes will be too low to draw users, it is necessary to attract large numbers of inexperienced players, sometimes known as fish, to feed those sharks.

  4. Rand Hindi:

    The biggest companies that were showcased were Samsung, Facebook, Microsoft ... there wasn't a single French company. They want big names, it's PR for the outside world, showing France can attract the best. I would have done the same if I were him. That's the only way for American and English newspapers to talk about us. But it did sound a bit off domestically.

  5. Rob Gray:

    Christie’s endorsement is an indicator to me Trump is starting to mainstream his candidacy and that he’ll be able to attract a lot of mainstream experienced political leaders' support if he gets the nomination, i wasn’t as sure before this.

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