verb (used with object)
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.
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)
to possess or exert the power of attraction.

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

attractable, adjective
attractableness, noun
attractingly, adverb
attractor, attracter, noun
reattract, verb (used with object)
unattractable, adjective
unattracted, adjective
unattracting, adjective Unabridged
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attract (əˈtrækt)
1.  to draw (notice, a crowd of observers, etc) to oneself by conspicuous behaviour or appearance (esp in the phrase attract attention)
2.  (also intr) 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 intr) to exert a pleasing, alluring, or fascinating influence (upon); be attractive (to)
[C15: from Latin attrahere to draw towards, from trahere to pull]

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Word Origin & History

1530s, from L. attractus, pp. of attrahere "to draw, to attract," from ad- "to" + trahere "draw" (see tract (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).
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Example sentences
Belcher's wizardry has attracted attention from the highest levels of
Proteins are made up of amino acids, some that are attracted to water, others
  that are repelled by water.
It has energized research into global health, made that work a credible career
  choice and attracted politicians to the cause.
When one antiparticle is attracted over the event horizon and its matching
  particle escapes, radiation seems to be emitted.
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