Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To cause to draw near or adhere by physical force.
  • intransitive verb To arouse or compel the interest, admiration, or attention of.
  • intransitive verb To possess or use the power of attraction.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Attraction; in plural, attractive qualities; charms.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Attraction.
  • transitive verb 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 verb To draw by influence of a moral or emotional kind; to engage or fix, as the mind, attention, etc.; to invite or allure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To pull toward without touching
  • verb To arouse interest
  • verb To make someone feel sexually excited

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English attracten, from Latin attrahere, attract- : ad-, ad- + trahere, pull.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin attractus, past participle of attrahere ("to draw to, attract"), from ad ("to") + trahere ("to draw").

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  • Railroad telegraphers' shorthand for "Show every attention". --US Railway Association, Standard Cipher Code, 1906.

    January 20, 2013