Definition of attract in English:

attract

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 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 multinationals’
    • ‘The funding will go towards attracting and training more health professionals for country areas.’
    • ‘China has no trouble generating income, and it has become more and more skilled at attracting foreign investment.’
    • ‘And Britain continues to lead its Continental rivals in attracting foreign investment.’
    • ‘If New Zealand wants to progress and prosper, we must attract foreign investment to this country.’
    • ‘By day the city is charm itself, attracting thousands of visitors who revel in its beauty, history and shops.’
    • ‘This year the race has attracted sponsorship from several sources, including Norwich Union Healthcare.’
    • ‘The Lake District attracts thousands of foreign visitors each year.’
    • ‘The federal government has long shown no interest in attracting foreign factories to its shores.’
    • ‘His government has set ambitious targets for economic reform and attracting foreign investment.’
    • ‘The lake attracts thousands of visitors every year.’
    • ‘He will also be responsible for attracting new venture capital activities into Scotland.’
    • ‘It was following that announcement that the city council and its partners launched a strategy to attract inward investment.’
    • ‘Frogs and newts have already been attracted to three new natural spring ponds at Abbey Meads School.’
    • ‘The venture had failed to attract enough private funding.’
    • ‘The event attracts an estimated 10000 visitors.’
    • ‘Ireland's success in attracting foreign investment is largely because of its low corporation tax rates.’
    • ‘Scotland has had tremendous success in the past in attracting investment by foreign firms looking for a foothold in Europe.’
    • ‘The other approach is to attract foreign investment, which brings technology with it.’
    • ‘The museum is a giant step towards attracting tourism, and is gradually accomplishing this goal.’
    • ‘Some of these companies have attracted high profile venture capital funding.’
    1. 1.1 Evoke (a specified reaction)
      ‘I did not want to attract attention’
      ‘his criticism of the government attracted widespread support’
      • ‘His interim report attracted much attention for the wrong reason.’
      • ‘Still, the nascent industry is attracting the interest of venture capitalists.’
      • ‘The good results have attracted a lot of attention from educationists.’
      • ‘The project is attracting widespread support.’
      • ‘The use of effective language on a resume will attract the attention of an employer.’
      • ‘Today's call for a weekly farmers' market in York is likely to attract widespread support.’
      • ‘The statue immediately attracts the viewer's attention.’
      • ‘While unable to stop the bill, he succeeded in attracting widespread attention to his cause.’
      • ‘Pandit Ravi Shankar, apart from being one of India's finest musicians, also attracts much media attention.’
      • ‘It is large enough to be conspicuous, and as it attracts attention, it also attracts speculation.’
      • ‘The blunt message attracted a mixed reaction.’
      • ‘A lot of its activities either break even or lose money in order to attract visitor interest here.’
      • ‘His striking hair often attracts the attention of the ladies.’
      • ‘Now, after three nights of music, the reaction from patrons has been superb and the music is attracting the attention of music lovers from all over.’
      • ‘I'm always trying to find a first line that attracts attention, that pulls the reader in.’
      • ‘Bling is described as ‘jewellery which attracts attention because it is big and expensive.’’
      • ‘Each year the exhibition attracts widespread media attention.’
      • ‘A terrible disaster like this attracts massive attention, on rolling television news stations and the Internet as well as in newspapers.’
      • ‘Then again, nothing attracts support more effectively than excellence.’
      • ‘The police report has attracted widespread media attention in Texas over the last couple of days.’
      • ‘A combined project is more likely to attract senior management attention and support.’
    2. 1.2 Cause (someone) to have a liking for or interest in something.
      ‘I was attracted to the idea of working for a ballet company’
      • ‘In terms of imagery I am really attracted to the intricacies of weaving.’
      • ‘This is a very powerful argument, and one that I was attracted to for some time.’
      • ‘I found myself wondering why so many people are attracted to the city.’
      • ‘Beyond that, people are attracted to lighthouses as a symbol of hope or truth.’
      • ‘I think that often I'm attracted to stories where something has to be revealed.’
      • ‘Young people are attracted to drugs and the drug culture because of the fun and the thrills.’
      • ‘Is it any wonder that young people are not attracted to the game in great numbers?’
      • ‘Research reaches his desk warning that young people are not attracted to a career in business.’
      • ‘A crisis in the supply of teachers is looming as fewer university students are attracted to the profession.’
      • ‘People are attracted to the simplicity and intimacy; they know what to expect and are not disappointed.’
      • ‘However, his interest in medicine was not great and he was instead attracted to mathematics.’
      • ‘She is clearly not part of the system and people are attracted to her vulnerability.’
      • ‘I'm attracted to all kinds of writing, from Mark Twain to Jean Genet.’
      • ‘That is not to deny that people are attracted to New York for good economic reasons.’
      • ‘Remember that writers are attracted to people and places with interesting names.’
      • ‘He was initially attracted to painting, which was to remain one of his passions.’
      • ‘I think people are attracted to the humour and nostalgia that he portrays.’
      • ‘Possibly this explains why so many young people are attracted to these kinds of movements.’
      • ‘The detailed design of certain areas of the building is part of the reason people are attracted to it.’
      • ‘As he came of age, the young man displayed little interest in the family business but was attracted to art and literature.’
      entice, allure, lure, tempt, charm, win over, woo, engage, enchant, entrance, mesmerize, hypnotize, spellbind, captivate, beguile, bewitch, seduce, dazzle, tantalize, inveigle, lead on
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    3. 1.3be attracted to Have a sexual or romantic interest in.
      ‘I am not attracted to him at all’
      • ‘Especially when I've been attracted to three different guys in the past year.’
      • ‘I hate being short and to top it off, I have a penchant for being attracted to very tall men.’
      • ‘Now my problem is I'm not the type of guy these women seem to be attracted to.’
      • ‘He was different from the typical guy that I was attracted to, but that was part of the attraction.’
      • ‘If you radiate a sense of fun, humor, and happiness, your date will be attracted to that and want to see you again.’
      • ‘She was the perfect example of the sort of woman I am automatically attracted to.’
      • ‘Someone may be attracted to you and express interest in furthering your relationship.’
      • ‘He's constantly attracted to other women, but I don't think he sleeps around.’
      • ‘He knows Sarah would do anything to get her hands on someone she is attracted to.’
      • ‘He was the first man she'd been attracted to who was also a good friend and that in itself made him dear to her.’
      • ‘And frankly, it makes me wonder why you were attracted to GD in the first place.’
      • ‘I had seen the way she behaved when she found someone she was attracted to, she was a predator.’
      • ‘He wasn't someone she would normally be attracted to - he was a little too domineering.’
      • ‘He is attracted to Lena's beauty and charms.’
      • ‘Since she flirted with everyone and undoubtedly had a seductive personality, he was probably attracted to her.’
      • ‘There had been at least one boy interested in her; but she hadn't been attracted to him.’
      • ‘Pay close attention to the different types of potential lovers, and partners you have been attracted to in the past.’
      • ‘My own interpretation would be that basically, you're either attracted to a specific person or you're not.’
      • ‘I was attracted to two people at the same time,’
      • ‘I know I can't change what type of women my husband is attracted to, but how can I learn to live with this?’
      • ‘That men should be attracted to more fertile women makes sense from an evolutionary perspective.’
      worship, adore, love, cherish, dote on, be enamoured of, be infatuated with, be taken with, be attracted to, find attractive
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    4. 1.4 Exert a force on (an object) which is directed towards the source of the force.
      ‘the negatively charged ions attract particles of dust’
      • ‘This is consistent with the fact that matter attracts matter through the gravitational force.’
      • ‘The cloths are designed to create a static charge which attracts dust and bacteria and holds dirt until they are washed.’
      • ‘The positive ions are attracted to the negative electrode and vice versa.’
      • ‘The negative charge of the oxygen attracts the positively charged hydrogen ions through the membrane.’
      • ‘The strong force also attracts protons to protons or neutrons to neutrons.’
      • ‘The two ions of opposite charge attract each other and an ionic bond is formed.’
      • ‘The ‘weight’ of an object normally means the force that Earth attracts it with.’
      • ‘Magnetic interactions can also play an important role in attracting electrons to each other.’
      • ‘An electronic cleaner produces negative ions that are attracted to the pollutants.’
      • ‘Because it has a tacky surface, it attracts dust, which reduces its reflectivity somewhat.’
      • ‘Computers cause static electricity and so attract dust and bacteria.’
      • ‘Locally, there is a large amount of gas and dust attracted by the black hole's gravity.’
      • ‘Electronegativity refers to the ability of an atom in a compound to attract electrons.’
      • ‘A positively charged object attracts a negatively charged one and vice versa.’
      • ‘The magnetic field attracts metal objects.’
      • ‘This happens because the massive black hole gravitationally attracts any matter lurking near it and never lets it go.’
      • ‘The ellipsis is a black hole: a void that attracts everything towards itself.’
      • ‘The moon attracts every piece of matter on earth.’
      • ‘He also noted that the force attracting two objects increased or decreased in a ratio of their combined sizes or mass.’
      • ‘Electronegativity is a way to measure how much an atom attracts electrons in a chemical bond.’
      draw, pull, magnetize
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin attract- ‘drawn near’, from the verb attrahere, from ad- ‘to’ + trahere ‘draw’.

Pronunciation

attract

/əˈtrakt/