Definition of attract verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    attract

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əˈtrækt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈtrækt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they attract
    BrE BrE//əˈtrækt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈtrækt//
     
    he / she / it attracts
    BrE BrE//əˈtrækts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈtrækts//
     
    past simple attracted
    BrE BrE//əˈtræktɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈtræktɪd//
     
    past participle attracted
    BrE BrE//əˈtræktɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈtræktɪd//
     
    -ing form attracting
    BrE BrE//əˈtræktɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈtræktɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [usually passive] if you are attracted by something, it interests you and makes you want it; if you are attracted by somebody, you like or admire them attract somebody I had always been attracted by the idea of working abroad. attract somebody to somebody/something What first attracted me to her was her sense of humour. That was what first attracted me to the place.
  2. 2  attract somebody/something (to something) to make somebody/something come somewhere or take part in something The warm damp air attracts a lot of mosquitoes. The exhibition has attracted thousands of visitors.
  3. 3  attract something to make people have a particular reaction This proposal has attracted a lot of interest. His comments were bound to attract criticism. She tried to attract the attention of the waiter.
  4. 4(physics) if a magnet or gravity attracts something, it makes it move towards it opposite repel
  5. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin attract- ‘drawn near’, from the verb attrahere, from ad- ‘to’ + trahere ‘draw’.Idioms used to say that people who are very different are often attracted to each other
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