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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ATTRACTS

Don't you see that it attracts all the nourishment to itself, and hinders this side from growing?

It's Emil bein' thin an' weakly an' bloodless, I reckon, that attracts him.

Romance, more than cupidity, is what attracts the gold-brick investor.

This attracts the insects to them, when they are easily captured with a small net.

He is of that deep, mercurial disposition that attracts women.

In many cases, it is purely and simply love of the game that attracts.

The beauty in its variegated stone with the sunlight upon it attracts me.

He attracts attention, whether he speaks or plays or is just silent.

This attracts all the bits of gold, and makes them combine with itself.

Gaul, attracts Attila, 22; changed by Clovis' conversion, 190.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., from Latin attractus, past participle of attrahere "to draw, pull; to attract," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + trahere "draw" (see tract (n.1)).

Originally a medical term for the body's tendency to absorb fluids, nourishment, etc., or for a poultice treatment to "draw out" diseased matter (1560s). Of the ability of people or animals to draw others to them, it is attested from 1560s; of physical forces (magnetism, etc.), from c.1600 (implied in attraction). Related: Attracted; attracting.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.