to draw by a physical force causing or tending to cause to approach, adhere, or unite; pull (opposed to ):
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.
to possess or exert the power of .
If Santorum had just attracted a few thousand more working-class votes, he would have won the primary.
Rick Santorum’s Blue-Collar Fumble Andrew Romano March 6, 2012
The “humanitarian” convoy that has attracted international attention does not appear to have been directly involved.
Ukraine Rebels Boast About Troops and Tanks Coming from Russia Jamie Dettmer August 15, 2014
Blue Leaves also attracted Stiller with its prescience about our society’s obsession with fame.
Ben Stiller’s Daddy Issues Jacob Bernstein April 16, 2011
When asked why men are so attracted to crazy chicks, Mila Kunis, who plays Lily, lets out a laugh.
Crazy Chick Flicks Ramin Setoodeh January 30, 2011
Since their arrest, the band has attracted popular supporters such as Madonna, Yoko Ono, and Paul McCartney.
Russian Court Frees Member of Pussy Riot Anna Nemtsova October 9, 2012
But there was one on the mantel which attracted my attention especially.
Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922 Lucy Maud Montgomery
Or was it the infinite humour of Falstaff which attracted him?
The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
He nudged his colleague and drew his attention to the object that had attracted him.
The Iron Ration George Abel Schreiner
The other three seniors, attracted by the scene, came back, and waited with Gaunt.
The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
This attracted his attention and then excited his curiosity.
Gabriel Tolliver Joel Chandler Harris
verb (mainly transitive)
to draw (notice, a crowd of observers, etc) to oneself by conspicuous behaviour or appearance (esp in the phrase attract attention)
(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
to possess some property that pulls or draws (something) towards itself: jam attracts wasps
(also intransitive) to exert a pleasing, alluring, or fascinating influence (upon); be attractive (to)
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.
To steal: attracted some lumber and built a garage (1891+)
to draw by a physical force causing or tending to cause to approach, adhere, or unite; pull (opposed to ): 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 […]
the act, power, or property of . quality; magnetic charm; fascination; allurement; enticement: the subtle attraction of her strange personality. a person or thing that draws, , allures, or entices: The main attraction was the after-dinner speaker. a characteristic or quality that provides pleasure; feature: The chief attractions of the evening were the good drinks […]
- Attraction sphere
noun another name for astrosphere (sense 2) attraction sphere n. See astrosphere.
providing pleasure or delight, especially in appearance or manner; pleasing; charming; alluring: an attractive personality. arousing interest or engaging one’s thought, consideration, etc.: an attractive idea; an attractive price. having the quality of . Contemporary Examples “I think he’s attractive, an interesting guy,” she said about him in April. World Cup Primer Joshua Robinson June […]