attracted; attracting; attracts

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
  1. verb
    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”
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    apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion
  2. verb
    direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes
    synonyms: 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
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    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
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    draw, force, pull
    cause to move by pulling
  3. verb
    be attractive to
    “The beautiful garden attracted many people”
    synonyms: appeal
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    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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