[ uh-trakt ]
/ əˈtrækt /

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.

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


Example sentences from the Web for attract

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 separation the gravitational pull of the earth attracts objects to it
to possess some property that pulls or draws (something) towards itself jam attracts wasps
(also intr) to exert a pleasing, alluring, or fascinating influence (upon); be attractive (to)

Derived forms of attract

attractable, adjective attractor or attracter, noun

Word Origin for attract

C15: from Latin attrahere to draw towards, from trahere to pull