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From Latin attractus, past participle of attrahere (“to draw to, attract”), from ad (“to”) + trahere (“to draw”).
Middle English attracten from Latin attrahere attract- ad- ad- trahere pull
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Why wouldn't it attract Lori?
Petya pulled him by the arm to attract his attention.
Atoms attract each other and atoms repel one another.
The flowers show well-marked adaptation to their color and attract insects.
Objects attract if their charges are different or repel if they are the same.
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