at·​trac·​tion | \ə-ˈtrak-shən \

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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Synonyms for attraction


draw, lodestone (also loadstone), magnet

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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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Dubbed the Chubby Cloud, the instagrammable attraction was part of a three-day event that Hindmarch launched to provide a mindful respite for weary trend-hunters. Fox News, "London Fashion Week featured 'Chubby Cloud' for tired trendsetters to sleep on," 18 Sep. 2018 What to See Windsor Castle Windsor Castle is the main attraction for many visitors to the borough. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Royal-Themed Trip to Windsor," 14 May 2018 The bloom also causes respiratory irritations in people which, coupled with the stench of rotting marine life, sent many tourists inland away from the beaches, seaside attractions and restaurants with outdoor seating. Jennifer Kay, The Seattle Times, "Experts: Hurricane Michael failed to end Florida’s red tide," 15 Oct. 2018 The tool, called Touring Bird, is a website designed for mobile that lists tours, attractions, and activities to do in popular travel destinations. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Google’s Touring Bird is a travel tool to help vacationers find free activities in new cities," 7 Sep. 2018 Every month, a special attraction will be part of the evening. Courant Community, "Community News For The Hebron Edition," 10 July 2018 The attraction is open to all ages but recommended for 13 and older. Susan Dunne,, "Fright Haven Hosts Halloween In July With 'Friday The 13th Weekend'," 7 July 2018 But the chief attraction at SPK is, of course, the hot pot. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "All hail Hunanese dry hot pot at Sizzling Pot King," 5 July 2018 The coaster, the centerpiece attraction, is just right for kids under 10 who’ve outgrown kiddie coasters. Marjie Lambert, miamiherald, "Who are the real brains behind Disney's Toy Story Land? Not Buzz Lightyear," 29 June 2018

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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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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 \

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 \

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 \ transitive verb

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