attract

I
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To draw]
Syn. pull, draw, drag, bring; see draw 1 .
2. [To allure]
Syn. allure, charm, appeal to, interest, intrigue, lure, captivate, fascinate, enchant, invite, entice, draw, beguile, tempt, excite, strike one's fancy, catch one's eye, pique one's interest, turn one on*; see also fascinate .
Syn.- attract implies the exertion of a force such as magnetism to draw a person or thing and connotes susceptibility in the thing drawn; allure implies attraction by that which seductively offers pleasure, delight, reward, etc.; charm suggests the literal or figurative casting of a spell and implies very pleasing qualities in the agent; fascinate and enchant both also suggest a magical power, fascinate stressing an irresistible holding of interest and enchant the evoking of Great delight; captivate implies a capturing of the attention or affection, but suggests a light, passing influence
II
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
1. draw pull, magnetize.
2. allure lure, invite, tempt, interest, charm, captivate, fascinate, beguile, bewitch, *turn on, *spellbind.
ANT.: 1. repel, repulse. 2. repel, repulse, turn off
III
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To direct or impel to oneself by some quality or action: allure, appeal, draw, entice, lure, magnetize, take. Informal: pull. See LIKE. 2. To arouse the interest and attention of: interest, intrigue. Slang: turn on. See EXCITE.

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