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English verb: attract

1. attract (contact) direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes

SamplesHer 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.

Synonymsdraw, draw in, pull, pull in

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)draw, force, pull

Narrower (hyponym)arrest, bring, catch, draw in, get, retract, tug

Verb groupcurl, curl up, draw in, draw in, retract

Antonymsbeat back, force back, push back, repel, repulse, drive

2. attract (emotion) be attractive to

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


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)becharm, beckon, beguile, bewitch, captivate, capture, catch, charm, enamor, enamour, enchant, entrance, fascinate, trance

Antonymsrepel, repulse

3. attract (contact) exert a force on (a body) causing it to approach or prevent it from moving away

SamplesThe gravitational pull of a planet attracts other bodies.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)pull

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