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 .
many business leaders argue that the united states needs to attract more highly skilled immigrants.
robots undercut the case for more immigrants david frum february 3, 2014
news that palin is attending the screening is sure to attract press from all over the world—as did the first leg of her bus tour.
sarah palin doc-mentary ‘the undefeated’: palin will attend iowa premiere shushannah walshe june 24, 2011
climate leaders need to model this spirit, as it is the only one that will ever attract a m-ss movement.
the gay-rights playbook: how to fight climate change now lisa bennett july 9, 2013
having andreessen in charge would enable yahoo to attract talent, he adds.
the paris hilton of tech dan lyons october 24, 2011
now that the “palin primaries” are behind us, republicans may try to attract more voters by moving to the center.
why the gop should embrace the tea party’s message tunku varadarajan august 26, 2010
it is just the sort of face likely to attract a young girl who is new to the world.
a search for a secret (vol 1 of 3) g. a. henty
there will be nothing to attract these poor children to one centre.
fire worship (from “mosses from an old manse”) nathaniel hawthorne
that seemed to attract him; but he heard her “now,” and started.
rest harrow maurice hewlett
you are boasting of your merits, sir: let merit be your boast; nothing else can attract me.
clarissa, volume 3 (of 9) samuel richardson
quite sufficiently beautiful to attract partners, and one came up and requested her to dance.
verner’s pride mrs. henry wood
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+)
the capacity, especially of a pheremone, to attract.
an agent or substance; lure: the s-x attractant of the c-ckroach; a synthetic attractant used to bait insect traps. noun a substance that attracts, esp a chemical (s-x attractant) produced by an insect and attracting insects of the same species see also pheromone
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.