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attract

[uh-trakt] /əˈtrækt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to draw by a physical force causing or tending to cause to approach, adhere, or unite; pull (opposed to repel):
The gravitational force of the earth attracts smaller bodies to it.
2.
to draw by appealing to the emotions or senses, by stimulating interest, or by exciting admiration; allure; invite:
to attract attention; to attract admirers by one's charm.
verb (used without object)
3.
to possess or exert the power of attraction.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin attractus drawn to (past participle of attrahere), equivalent to at- at- + trac- (variant stem of trahere to draw) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
attractable, adjective
attractableness, noun
attractingly, adverb
attractor, attracter, noun
reattract, verb (used with object)
unattractable, adjective
unattracted, adjective
unattracting, adjective
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  • Some people feel that white shoes are better at attracting attention from an audience.
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  • Designed to prevent pollination of flowers by attracting alien bees to himself.
British Dictionary definitions for attracting

attract

/əˈtrækt/
verb (mainly transitive)
1.
to draw (notice, a crowd of observers, etc) to oneself by conspicuous behaviour or appearance (esp in the phrase attract attention)
2.
(also intransitive) to exert a force on (a body) that tends to cause an approach or oppose a separation: the gravitational pull of the earth attracts objects to it
3.
to possess some property that pulls or draws (something) towards itself: jam attracts wasps
4.
(also intransitive) to exert a pleasing, alluring, or fascinating influence (upon); be attractive (to)
Derived Forms
attractable, adjective
attractor, attracter, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin attrahere to draw towards, from trahere to pull
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Word Origin and History for attracting

attract

v.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for attracting

attract

verb

To steal: attracted some lumber and built a garage (1891+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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