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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to excite interest)
a. to attract
Su pelo largo atraía la atención de todo el mundo allá donde fuera.Her long hair attracted everyone's attention wherever she went.
b. to draw
Mira cómo esos músculos atraen la atención de todas las chicas.Look at how those muscles draw the attention of all the girls.
2. (physics)
a. to attract
El polo negativo atrae al polo positivo.The negative pole attracts the positive pole.
3. (to encourage)
a. to attract
El vino atrae a las avispas.Wine attracts wasps.
b. to draw
El queso atrajo el ratón a la trampa.The cheese drew the mouse to the trap.
4. (to be captivated by)
a. to attract
Me sentí atraída por sus ojos oscuros.I was attracted by his dark eyes.
5. (to interest)
a. to appeal
No me atraen los museos.Museums don't appeal to me.
atraerse
A reciprocal verb is a verb that indicates that two or more subjects perform an action on each other (e.g. Ellos se abrazan.).
6. (to feel attraction for one another)
a. to be attracted to each other
Se atrajeron mutuamente desde el principio.They were attracted to each other from the very first moment.
7. (to exert a force on an object)
a. to attract each other
Aprendí en la escuela que el Sol y la Tierra se atraen.I learned at school that the Sun and the Earth attract each other.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
8. (to earn)
a. to win
Se atrajo el respeto de sus compañeros al conseguir un cliente importante.He won the respect of his colleagues when he acquired an important client.
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atraer
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (causar acercamiento)
a. to attract
2. (atención)
a. to attract, to draw
lo atrajo hacia sí tirándole de la corbatashe pulled him toward her by his tie
3. (gustar)
a. to attract
la miel atrae a las moscashoney attracts flies
me atrae tu hermanaI'm attracted to your sister, I find your sister attractive
no me atrae mucho la comida chinaI'm not too keen on Chinese food
no me atrae mucho la ideathe idea doesn't appeal to me much
la asistencia de personajes famosos atrajo a gran cantidad de públicothe presence of the famous drew huge crowds
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (mutuamente)
a. to attract one another
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atraer
transitive verb
1 (Física) to attract
2 (hacer acudir a sí) to draw; lure; [+apoyo etc] to win; draw; [+atención] to attract; engage; [+imaginación] to appeal to
dejarse atraer por to allow o.s. to be drawn towards; sabe atraer(se) a la juventud he knows how to win young people over
pronominal verb
atraerse
se atrajo las simpatías de todos he won everyone's affection; everyone liked him; se atrajo el rencor del jefe the boss began to resent him
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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