To attract is to create some kind of strong interest in a thing or a person. Attraction is initially based on appearance or an appeal to a person’s beliefs. This is a good word to use when talking about how people meet or remain together:

  • Laurie is very attracted to Ralph. She likes the way he looks.
  • Bob is attracted to women who are athletic.
  • Many women are attracted to men who are confident in themselves.
  • They say that opposites attract. (Opposites attract. This is an expression.)
  • Some people are attracted to wealth; others are attracted to intelligence.
  • What attracts you most in a person?


They are very attracted to each other.

The word "attractive" is an adjective:

  • What kind of woman do you find attractive?
  • What kind of a man do you find attractive?
  • There are a lot of very attractive people who live in the area of Los Angeles, California.
  • If you want to remain attractive, you have to take care of yourself. Eat right and exercise.
  • Bigotry and hatred are not attractive qualities in a person.
  • The house we bought was attractively priced. (The word "attractively" is an adverb.)

The word "attraction" is a noun:

  • Elena’s attraction to Alonzo is obvious.
  • There are many attractions at the Mall of America, such as an amusement park and an aquarium.
  • Peter’s attraction to spiders, snakes, and carnivorous fish concerns his mother.

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February 25, 2020