attract at‧tract [əˈtrækt] verb [transitive]
1. to make someone want to buy something, do something, or take part in something:

• Advertisements for a new headmaster attracted 120 candidates.

attract somebody to something

• What attracted me most to the job was the chance to travel.

2. attract business/​funding/​interest/​investment COMMERCE to create conditions where you start getting business or people start investing in your company etc:

• Efforts have been made to attract foreign investment.

3. attract tax TAX if something attracts tax, tax must be paid on it:

• They expect their post-retirement income to attract basic rate tax only.

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attract UK US /əˈtrækt/ verb [T]
to make people want to visit a place or find out more about something: attract visitors/audiences/fans »

The exhibition attracted over 10,000 visitors.

attract interest/attention »

Fuel-cell technology has been around for 150 years, so why is it attracting attention now?

attract sth from sb »

It was the biggest AIDS meeting ever, attracting 17,000 people from around the world.

attract sb to sth »

They are trying to attract more holiday-makers to the area.

to make someone want to buy or invest in something: attract business/investment/funding »

They're trying to attract foreign investment in the region.

attract sb to sth »

The high yen attracted investors to South Korean manufacturing shares.

to interest someone and make them want to do something such as join a company: »

I was attracted by the opportunity to work abroad.

attract sb to sth »

What attracted you to this job?

FINANCE if a product or investment attracts a particular charge, you have to pay that charge if you have the product or investment: »

Payments by credit card attract a 2% handling charge.


The loan attracts a low rate of interest.

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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