Many business leaders argue that the United States needs to attract more highly skilled immigrants.
News that Palin is attending the screening is sure to attract press from all over the world—as did the first leg of her bus tour.
Climate leaders need to model this spirit, as it is the only one that will ever attract a mass movement.
early 15c., from Latin attractus, past participle of attrahere "to draw, pull; to attract," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + trahere "draw" (see tract (n.1)).
Originally a medical term for the body's tendency to absorb fluids, nourishment, etc., or for a poultice treatment to "draw out" diseased matter (1560s). Of the ability of people or animals to draw others to them, it is attested from 1560s; of physical forces (magnetism, etc.), from c.1600 (implied in attraction). Related: Attracted; attracting.
To steal: attracted some lumber and built a garage (1891+)