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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.


  1. attract

    To attract means to cause someone or something to move towards, or take interest in, a particular thing due to a positive reaction or interest generated. It is a term often used in various fields like physics, emotional psychology, and marketing, in which entities can attract other entities based on physical forces, emotions, or interest respectively.

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. Yas Marina:

    We want to attract a teenage audience. That's what we want to do. So people grow up like the guy who's 30 years old now.

  2. Kosuke Motani:

    In order for them to attract foreign tourists, they need to have something very unique, it is very challenging for places that were deserted by Japanese people to attract foreign tourists.

  3. Chinese Proverb:

    To attract good fortune, spend a new coin on an old friend, share an old pleasure with a new friend, and lift up the heart of a true friend by writing his name on the wings of a dragon.

  4. Moustafa Nouraldeen:

    With knowledge you attract minds and with good manners you attract hearts.

  5. Thomas Jefferson:

    Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.

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