from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause to draw near or adhere by physical force: Magnetic poles are attracted to their opposites.
- transitive v. To arouse or compel the interest, admiration, or attention of: We were attracted by the display of lights.
- intransitive v. To possess or use the power of attraction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To pull toward without touching
- v. To arouse interest
- v. To make someone feel sexually excited
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To draw to, or cause to tend to; esp. to cause to approach, adhere, or combine; or to cause to resist divulsion, separation, or decomposition.
- transitive v. To draw by influence of a moral or emotional kind; to engage or fix, as the mind, attention, etc.; to invite or allure.
- n. Attraction.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To draw in, to, or toward by direct mechanical agency or action of any kind.
- To draw to or toward (itself) by inherent physical force; cause to gravitate toward or cohere with.
- To draw by other than physical influence; invite or allure; win: as, to attract attention; to attract admirers.
- Synonyms To entice, fascinate, charm.
- To possess or exert the power of attraction: as, it is a property of matter to attract.
- Figuratively, to be attractive or winning: as, his manners are calculated to attract.
- n. Attraction; in plural, attractive qualities; charms.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes
- v. be attractive to
- v. exert a force on (a body) causing it to approach or prevent it from moving away
Middle English attracten, from Latin attrahere, attract- : ad-, ad- + trahere, pull.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin attractus, past participle of attrahere ("to draw to, attract"), from ad ("to") + trahere ("to draw"). (Wiktionary)