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verb [transitive]     attract pronunciation in American English
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present tense
present participleattracting
past tenseattracted
past participleattracted
  1. 1
    to make someone interested in something so that they do it or come to see or hear it

    The show attracts viewers from every sector of society.

    They hope to attract more foreign investors.

    attract someone to something:

    What first attracted you to the study of Buddhism?

    1. a.
      to produce or cause an interest in something or someone, or have an opinion about them

      Their attempts to attract the support of peasants and workers failed.

      attract someone’s attention:

      They tried to leave the hotel without attracting anyone’s attention.

  2. 2
    to interest someone in a romantic or sexual way
    be attracted to someone:

    She’s old enough now to be attracted to boys.

    She’s never had any trouble attracting men.

  3. 3
    to make something move near someone or something

    Insects are often attracted by scents that aren’t obvious to us.

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