Attract Definition

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attracted, attracting, attracts
To cause to draw near or adhere by physical force.
Magnetic poles are attracted to their opposites.
American Heritage
To draw to itself or oneself; make approach or adhere.
Magnets attract iron.
Webster's New World
To be attractive.
Webster's New World
To arouse or compel the interest, admiration, or attention of.
We were attracted by the display of lights.
American Heritage
To get the admiration, attention, etc. of; allure.
His smile attracted her.
Webster's New World

Origin of Attract

  • From Latin attractus, past participle of attrahere (“to draw to, attract”), from ad (“to”) + trahere (“to draw”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English attracten from Latin attrahere attract- ad- ad- trahere pull

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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