CET4 TEM4 考 研 TOEFL CET6
1、at- "to" + tract-.
前缀at-同ad-. 词根tract, 拉，见tractor, 卡车。
- attract:  Etymologically, attract means literally ‘pull something towards one’. It comes from attract-, the past participial stem of the Latin verb attrahere, a compound formed from the prefix ad- ‘to’ and the verb trahere ‘pull’. It was quite a late formation, of around the mid 15th century, coined on the model of other English verbs, such as abstract and contract, deriving ultimately from Latin trahere.
=> abstract, contract, retract, subtract
- attract (v.)
- early 15c., from Latin attractus, past participle of attrahere "to draw, pull; to attract," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + trahere "draw" (see tract (n.1)).
Originally a medical term for the body's tendency to absorb fluids, nourishment, etc., or for a poultice treatment to "draw out" diseased matter (1560s). Of the ability of people or animals to draw others to them, it is attested from 1560s; of physical forces (magnetism, etc.), from c. 1600 (implied in attraction). Related: Attracted; attracting.
- 1. He had unmistakably been waving his flag to attract the referee's attention.
- 2. Russia's efforts to attract investment have been halting and confused.
- 3. Airlines should stand or fall on their ability to attract passengers.
- 4. The Party has been unable to attract upwardly mobile voters.
- 5. The salt marshes and mud flats attract large numbers of waterfowl.
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