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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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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For a time, however, one of the star attractions at the Happiest Place on Earth was in part controlled by a device designed for nuclear destruction. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Disney Attraction Powered by Nuclear Weapons Tech," 16 Jan. 2019 As the head of the biggest U.S. conglomerate, the GE chief was traditionally the star attraction, holding court and giving the keynote presentation to close the three-day meeting. Thomas Gryta And Ted Mann, WSJ, "GE Powered the American Century—Then It Burned Out," 14 Dec. 2018 The harp — which will be played every 20 minutes — is the star attraction at the all-day, family-friendly, music-making festival. Pam Kragen,, "Huge harp highlights free music day in Carlsbad," 20 June 2018 On Anse Mamin Beach, burgers at the Jungle Grill are the star attractions at the popular beach restaurant. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Where to eat on the beach in the Caribbean," 8 June 2018 The event took place on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower and the star attraction, an as-yet unclassified dinosaur skeleton, was displayed with its mouth agape and its fearsome set of teeth on view. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Mysterious Dinosaur Skeleton Was Auctioned Off to a Private Buyer," 7 June 2018 Now that the frenzied media circus focused on whether LA Galaxy star attraction Zlatan Ibrahimović will be at the World Cup with Sweden has died down, the national team can finally concentrate of the tournament itself., "Without Zlatan, Sweden Takes More Balanced Approach Into World Cup," 4 June 2018 And there’s also a Lifestyle stage on which Hill is the star attraction. Dan Deluca,, "Jemele Hill is playing the Roots Picnic: The ESPN commentator on the NFL and Donald Trump, Bryan Colangelo and the Sixers," 1 June 2018 JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa The star attraction at the JW Marriott is likely its Starr Canyon Lazy River. Brian Sodoma, azcentral, "Pamper, splash and play at these 4 Tucson luxury resorts," 31 May 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 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 attract (audio) \ transitive verb

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