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Syllabification: at·tract
Pronunciation: /əˈtrakt

Definition of attract in English:


[with object]
1Cause to come to a place or participate in a venture by offering something of interest, favorable conditions, or opportunities: a campaign to attract more visitors to West Virginia he hoped this strategy would attract foreign investment by multinationals
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  • 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 support
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  • 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 company
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  • 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.
1.3Cause (someone) to have a sexual or romantic interest in someone: it was her beauty that attracted him
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  • 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) that is directed toward the source of the force: the negatively charged ions attract particles of dust
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  • 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.


late Middle English: from Latin attract- 'drawn near', from the verb attrahere, from ad- 'to' + trahere 'draw'.



Example sentences
  • 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.

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