Definition of attract in English:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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'.
abstract from (Middle English):
The Latin source of abstract, meant literally ‘drawn away’ and is from abstrahere, from the elements ab- ‘from’ and trahere ‘draw off’. The use in art dates from the mid 19th century. Trahere is found in many English words including: attract (Late Middle English) with ad ‘to’; portrait (mid 16th century), something drawn; protract (mid 16th century) with pro ‘out’; retract (Late Middle English) and retreat (Late Middle English) both drawing back; and words listed at train.
- 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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