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v. at·tract·ed, at·tract·ing, at·tracts
1. To cause to draw near or adhere by physical force: Magnetic poles are attracted to their opposites.
2. To arouse or compel the interest, admiration, or attention of: We were attracted by the display of lights.
To possess or use the power of attraction.

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

at·tract′a·ble adj.
References in classic literature ?
Upon placing the magnet erect, with its attracting end towards the earth, the island descends; but when the repelling extremity points downwards, the island mounts directly upwards.
To explain the manner of its progress, let A B represent a line drawn across the dominions of Balnibarbi, let the line C D represent the loadstone, of which let D be the repelling end, and C the attracting end, the island being over C: let the stone be placed in position C D, with its repelling end downwards; then the island will be driven upwards obliquely towards D.
NAWABSHAH -- Azadi Train galleries and cultural floats attracting a large number of people here at Nawabshah.
5 MICHAELMAS DAISY: A late-flowering plant perfect for attracting autumn hatching varieties.
us /ClosingTheGaps) The effort is aimed at attracting 630,000 more students to higher education than there are today by 2015 (the original goal of 500,000 more students was revised).
One of the main things to emerge from the final presentation was how--once created--site equity, like DVDs of previous presentations, can be used for years to come, attracting new site visitors, creating current revenue, and driving traffic to partner sites.
New Jersey's main competition to attracting a new life science jobs continues to be Boston/ Cambridge and San Francisco--home to such major research universities as Boston University and UCSF, a multitude of major venture capital firms and a proactive development atmosphere--creating the infrastructure required by the life science community.
has declined to participate, citing its focus on attracting families with children.
He also found that the moths congregated only on the downwind side of the occupied cages, further evidence that the females' scent was attracting females.
Over the years, other nonprofits have entered the picture, attracting civic-minded people to their ranks and individuals have less time to devote to any single group.
Clean off unused food at night to avoid attracting mice and rats.
Pedro Poveda, the Teresians' founder, said, "Your presence and mission is one of attracting people to the gospel; therefore, you must be attractive.