What does attract mean?

attract meaning in General Dictionary


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  • to attract to or cause to usually esp to cause to approach adhere or combine or to trigger to resist divulsion split or decomposition
  • be attractive to
  • direct toward it self or oneself in the form of some psychological energy or actual attributes
  • exert a force on (a body) causing it to approach or prevent it from going away
  • to-draw to, or cause to will; esp. to cause to method, adhere, or combine; or even to trigger to withstand divulsion, split, or decomposition.
  • To draw by influence of a moral or psychological type; to engage or fix, whilst the brain, attention, etc.; to invite or allure; because, to attract admirers.
  • Attraction.

attract meaning in Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., from Latin attractus, previous participle of attrahere "to draw, pull; to entice," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + trahere "draw" (see system (n.1)). Initially a health term for the human body's tendency to take in fluids, nutrition, etc., or for a poultice therapy to "draw on" diseased matter (1560s). Regarding the capability of individuals or pets to-draw other people in their mind, its attested from 1560s; of physical forces (magnetism, etc.), from c.1600 (suggested in destination). Associated: Attracted; attracting.

attract meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To draw to, or cause to will; esp. resulting in to approach, adhere, or combine; or even to cause to resist divulsion, separation, or decomposition.

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  • (v. t.) To draw by influence of a moral or mental type; to interact or fix, while the head, interest, etc.; to ask or allure; because, to entice admirers.
  • (letter.) Attraction.

Sentence Examples with the word attract

The flowers contain honey, and attract flies, short-lipped bees or other small insects by the agency of which pollination is effected.

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