at·tract / əˈtrakt/ • v. [tr.] cause to come to a place or participate in a venture by offering something of interest, favorable conditions, or opportunities: a campaign to attract more visitors to West Virginia. ∎ evoke (a specified reaction): I did not want to attract attention his criticism of the government attracted widespread support. ∎ cause (someone) to have a liking for or interest in something: I was attracted to the idea of working for a ballet company. ∎ cause (someone) to have a sexual or romantic interest in someone: it was her beauty that attracted him. ∎ exert a force on (an object) that is directed toward the source of the force: the negatively charged ions attract particles of dust.DERIVATIVES: at·trac·tor / -tər/ n.