at·​trac·​tion | \ ə-ˈtrak-shən How to pronounce attraction (audio) \

Definition of attraction

1a : the act, process, or power of attracting
b : personal charm
2 : the action or power of drawing forth a response : an attractive quality
3 : a force acting mutually between particles of matter, tending to draw them together, and resisting their separation
4 : something that attracts or is intended to attract people by appealing to their desires and tastes coming attractions

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attraction, affinity, sympathy mean the relationship existing between things or persons that are naturally or involuntarily drawn together. attraction implies the possession by one thing of a quality that pulls another to it. felt an attraction to danger affinity implies a susceptibility or predisposition on the part of the one drawn. an affinity for mathematics sympathy implies a reciprocal or natural relation between two things that are both susceptible to the same influence. two minds in sympathy

Examples of attraction in a Sentence

The waterfall continues to be the main attraction at the park. The town's big attraction for movie lovers is the annual film festival. She is the star attraction of the show. There's a strong sexual attraction between them. His attraction to her grew over the course of their time together. A good relationship is based on more than just physical attraction. I understand the attraction of skydiving, but I could never do it. What are the attractions of owning your own business?
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Recent Examples on the Web Wednesday's ruling came after a long legal battle between Stark and the state of Indiana over his roadside attraction. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Wildlife in Need founder Tim Stark taken into custody at his home Thursday evening," 9 Apr. 2021 The song’s specificity (and intentionally humorous blend of sweet and cringeworthy) as Aiden declares his attraction to Zoey demanded an original song. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "'Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist' Debuts Its First Original Song: Listen to It Here First," 1 Apr. 2021 Wie West recalled her early attraction to golf, in Honolulu. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Michelle Wie West uses Carlsbad’s Kia Classic for LPGA relaunch," 24 Mar. 2021 Perhaps that helps explain his late-life attraction to disposable cameras. New York Times, "An Elusive Artist’s Trove of Never-Before-Seen Images," 23 Mar. 2021 In writing this movie Stone was driven by both the self-gratification of indulging his contempt for America and his attraction to sordid crudity. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Years Have Not Been Kind to Platoon’s Macho Melodrama," 6 Mar. 2021 Downtown Greenville is packed with local restaurants and shops, but its prize attraction is the beautiful Falls Park, located just steps from Main Street. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Things to Do in South Carolina, According to a Local," 26 Feb. 2021 Part of my attraction to the role was the location. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Stanley Tucci's Travel Show Is About Italy—But He Really Wants to Go Back to Iceland," 11 Feb. 2021 Meridian sits in the middle of the development and is its biggest foodie attraction. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Inside one of Dallas’ biggest restaurant construction projects in a decade: The Village and its 10+ new eateries," 1 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of attraction

circa 1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of attraction was circa 1575

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15 Apr 2021

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“Attraction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of attraction

: something interesting or enjoyable that people want to visit, see, or do
: a performer who people want to see
: a feeling that makes someone romantically or sexually interested in another person


at·​trac·​tion | \ ə-ˈtrak-shən How to pronounce attraction (audio) \

Kids Definition of attraction

1 : a feeling of interest in something or someone a romantic attraction
2 : the act or power of drawing toward something magnetic attraction
3 : something that interests or pleases tourist attractions


at·​trac·​tion | \ ə-ˈtrak-shən How to pronounce attraction (audio) \

Medical Definition of attraction

: a force acting mutually between particles of matter, tending to draw them together, and resisting their separation

Other Words from attraction

attract \ ə-​ˈtrakt How to pronounce attraction (audio) \ transitive verb

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