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English definition of “attract”

attract

verb [T]     /əˈtrækt/
ENCOURAGE INTEREST B1 to make people come to a place or do a particular thing by being interesting , enjoyable , etc : The castle attracts more than 300,000 visitors a year . We need to attract more science graduates to teaching .Attracting and temptingAttractiveSexual attraction
attract attention/interest, etc B1 to cause people to pay attention /be interested , etc Attracting and temptingAttractiveSexual attraction
be attracted to sb B2 to like someone, especially sexually , because of the way they look or behave : I was attracted to him straight away.Attracting and temptingAttractiveSexual attractionSexual attractionAttractive
MOVE If something attracts a substance or object , it causes it to move towards it: Magnets attract metal .Describing movement towards
(Definition of attract verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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