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attract

verb uk   /əˈtrækt/ us  
B1 [T] (of people, things, places, etc.) to pull or draw someone or something towards them, by the qualities they have, especially good ones: These flowers are brightly coloured in order to attract butterflies. The circus is attracting huge crowds/audiences. The government is trying to attract industry to the area (= to persuade people to place their industry there). Her ideas have attracted a lot of attention/criticism in the scientific community.B2 [T usually passive] If you are attracted by or to someone, you like them, often finding them sexually interesting: I'm not physically/sexually attracted to him. specialized physics When something such as a magnet attracts something else, it pulls it towards it: Magnets attract iron filings. Since light has no mass, Newton's equation predicts that it will not be attracted by gravity towards anything.
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