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attract

verb [T]
 
 
/əˈtrækt/
to make people want to visit a place or find out more about something: attract visitors/audiences/fans The exhibition attracted over 10,000 visitors.attract interest/attention Fuel-cell technology has been around for 150 years, so why is it attracting attention now?attract sth from sb It was the biggest AIDS meeting ever, attracting 17,000 people from around the world.attract sb to sth They are trying to attract more holiday-makers to the area.
to make someone want to buy or invest in something: attract business/investment/funding They're trying to attract foreign investment in the region.attract sb to sth The high yen attracted investors to South Korean manufacturing shares.
to interest someone and make them want to do something such as join a company: I was attracted by the opportunity to work abroad.attract sb to sth What attracted you to this job?
FINANCE if a product or investment attracts a particular charge, you have to pay that charge if you have the product or investment: Payments by credit card attract a 2% handling charge. The loan attracts a low rate of interest.
(Definition of attract from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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