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? See More
Recent Examples on the Web The sprawling open spaces of Safari Park have been more of a challenge, but officials at the attraction began work on a new habitat for birds about 40 days ago in anticipation of the virus, Stehly said. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 July 2022 While Jupe readies for a major new attraction, OJ begins to notice a weirdness on the ground and in the sky. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 20 July 2022 But at the Medieval Times just off Route 3, dealing with that kind of behavior has been accepted as part of the job for too long, said Monica Garza, one of several actresses who plays the queen at the dinner-and-a-tournament attraction. New York Times, 15 July 2022 The growth and new business stats clearly demonstrate that the state has a winning formula for business attraction: an upwardly trending economy, a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem, excellent quality of life and so much more. Gilda D'incerti, Forbes, 22 June 2022 In addition to the Halloween maze announcement, the theme park dropped a promo video and new poster for the attraction. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 June 2022 Dissolving Walt Disney World’s Reedy Creek Improvement District could saddle local taxpayers with about $1 billion in debt and leave local governments scrambling with how to take over vital services for Florida’s top tourist attraction. Ryan Gillespie, Orlando Sentinel, 22 Apr. 2022 For the main attraction, DeBrincat will join his fellow Central Division stars competing in the All-Star Game’s three-on-three tournament, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday on ABC-7. Phil Thompson,, 4 Feb. 2022 After mile one, be on the lookout for the main attraction: zinc-sulfide mining remnants, such as an ore bin, with interpretative signs detailing the area’s history. Stephanie Vermillion, Outside Online, 24 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Attraction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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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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