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attract (v.)

early 15c., "draw (objects or persons) to oneself," also a medical term for the body's tendency to absorb fluids, nourishment, etc., or for a poultice treatment to "draw out" diseased matter; from Latin attractus, past participle of attrahere "to draw, pull; to attract," from assimilated form of ad "to" (see ad-) + trahere "to pull, draw" (see tract (n.1)).

Of physical forces (magnets, etc.), from 17c. Figurative sense of "be attractive, draw to oneself the eyes or attentions of others" is from 1690s. Related: Attracted; attracting.

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Definitions of attract

attract (v.)
direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes;
Her good looks attract the stares of many men
Synonyms: pull / pull in / draw / draw in
attract (v.)
be attractive to;
The beautiful garden attracted many people
Synonyms: appeal
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
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