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ATTRACT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does attract mean? 

ATTRACT (verb)
  The verb ATTRACT has 3 senses:

1. direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes
2. exert a force on (a body) causing it to approach or prevent it from moving away
3. be attractive to

  Familiarity information: ATTRACT used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ATTRACT (verb)


Sense 1attract [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

attract; pull in; draw in; pull; draw

Context examples:

Her good looks attract the stares of many men / The ad pulled in many potential customers / This pianist pulls huge crowds / The store owner was happy that the ad drew in many new customers

Hypernyms (to "attract" is one way to...):

draw; force; pull (cause to move by pulling)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "attract"):

tug (pull hard)

arrest; catch; get (attract and fix)

draw in; retract (pull inward or towards a center)

bring (attract the attention of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s something to somebody
Somebody ----s somebody PP
Somebody ----s something PP

Antonym:

repel (cause to move back by force or influence)


Sense 2attract [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Exert a force on (a body) causing it to approach or prevent it from moving away

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

the gravitational pull of a planet attracts other bodies

Hypernyms (to "attract" is one way to...):

pull (apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 3attract [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be attractive to

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

appeal; attract

Context examples:

The idea of a vacation appeals to me / The beautiful garden attracted many people

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "attract"):

becharm; beguile; bewitch; captivate; capture; catch; charm; enamor; enamour; enchant; entrance; fascinate; trance (attract; cause to be enamored)

beckon (appear inviting)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Antonym:

repel (be repellent to; cause aversion in)


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