- 1Cause to come to a place or participate in a venture by offering something of interest or advantage: a campaign to attract more visitors to Shetland he hoped this strategy would attract foreign investment by multinationalsMore example sentences
- And Britain continues to lead its Continental rivals in attracting foreign investment.
- The Lake District attracts thousands of foreign visitors each year.
- Ireland's success in attracting foreign investment is largely because of its low corporation tax rates.
- 1.1Evoke (a specified reaction): I did not want to attract attention his criticism of the government attracted widespread supportMore example sentences
- The blunt message attracted a mixed reaction.
- Each year the exhibition attracts widespread media attention.
- The police report has attracted widespread media attention in Texas over the last couple of days.
- 1.2Cause (someone) to have a liking for or interest in something: I was attracted to the idea of working for a ballet companyMore example sentences
entice, allure, lure, tempt, charm, win over, woo, engage, enchant, entrance, mesmerize, hypnotize, spellbind, captivate, beguile, bewitch, seduce, dazzle, tantalize, inveigle, lead on; interest, fascinate, enthral, absorb, rivet; excite, titillate, arouse, stimulate• informal tickle someone's fancy, turn on, light someone's fire, float someone's boat, make someone's mouth water
- Possibly this explains why so many young people are attracted to these kinds of movements.
- People are attracted to the simplicity and intimacy; they know what to expect and are not disappointed.
- She is clearly not part of the system and people are attracted to her vulnerability.
- 1.3 (be attracted to) Have a sexual or romantic interest in: despite all her denials, she was still violently attracted to himMore example sentences
- Someone may be attracted to you and express interest in furthering your relationship.
- And frankly, it makes me wonder why you were attracted to GD in the first place.
- He is attracted to Lena's beauty and charms.
- 1.4Exert a force on (an object) which is directed towards the source of the force: the negatively charged ions attract particles of dustMore example sentences
- The strong force also attracts protons to protons or neutrons to neutrons.
- This is consistent with the fact that matter attracts matter through the gravitational force.
- The two ions of opposite charge attract each other and an ionic bond is formed.
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- The heat island of Tokyo has been one of the leading attractors of crows migrating to the city.
- It has been lying quietly, exuding some form of almost chemical attractor for a few days.
- The stable points act as attractors, and correspondingly unstable points as repellers.
late Middle English: from Latin attract- 'drawn near', from the verb attrahere, from ad- 'to' + trahere 'draw'.