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verb [transitive] attract pronunciation in British English /əˈtrækt/ 
Word Forms
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 all walks of life.

    They hope to attract more foreign investors.

    Tourists are attracted by its endless sandy beaches and perfect weather.

    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 behaviour has attracted considerable public criticism.

      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

    She's never had any trouble attracting men.

    be attracted to someone:

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

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of attract
  3. 3
    to make something move near someone or something

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

    the electromagnetic force that makes magnets attract pins


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