To attract is to exert a force that draws something in, like the way a magnet attracts a paper clip. You might know the phrase, "opposites attract." This means you might be drawn to a personality type that is completely unlike yours.

With attract comes the sense that the pull you feel towards someone or something is not entirely voluntary. It's quite possible to say that you are attracted to someone, but you don't really like them. Low prices can attract buyers into a store they would not normally go into, and standing on a street corner screaming loudly will probably attract quite a bit of attention, but not the good kind.

Definitions of attract

v exert a force on (a body) causing it to approach or prevent it from moving away

“the gravitational pull of a planet attracts other bodies”
Type of:
apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion

v direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes

“Her good looks attract the stares of many men”
draw, draw in, pull, pull in
draw in, retract
pull inward or towards a center
curl, curl up, draw in
shape one's body into a curl
beat back, drive, force back, push back, repel, repulse
cause to move back by force or influence
cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force
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pull hard
arrest, catch, get
attract and fix
draw in, retract
pull inward or towards a center
attract the attention of
introvert, invaginate
fold inwards
Type of:
draw, force, pull
cause to move by pulling

v be attractive to

“The beautiful garden attracted many people”
repel, repulse
be repellent to; cause aversion in
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becharm, beguile, bewitch, captivate, capture, catch, charm, enamor, enamour, enchant, entrance, fascinate, trance
attract; cause to be enamored
appear inviting
hold the attention of
gratify and charm, usually in order to influence

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