attraction

noun
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

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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 The location is a holy site commemorated as the tomb of the prophet Moses and is currently used both as a place of worship and a tourist attraction that regularly hosts various music events. Katie Bain, Billboard, "Palestinian DJ Sama' Abdulhadi Released From Jail After Arrest at West Bank Beatport Event," 4 Jan. 2021 Hot Springs remains Arkansas' most popular tourist attraction despite the sad state of many downtown buildings. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, "Hopes for 2021," 27 Dec. 2020 For some New Yorkers, the lack of crowds presented a rare opportunity for a leisurely afternoon at a major tourist attraction. Kate King, WSJ, "Covid-19 Means Smaller Crowds at Rockefeller Center’s Christmas Tree," 21 Dec. 2020 The historic Hotel del Coronado has long been a tourist attraction — and so has its elevator operator, who has been at the controls of the hotel’s ornate, old-fashioned elevator for years. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Elevator operator goes down in Hotel del Coronado lore," 18 Dec. 2020 On the one hand, Trump would bring visibility to the town as a tourist attraction, helping it in difficult economic times. Marshall Heyman, Town & Country, "Where Will Donald Trump Go After He Leaves Office?," 9 Dec. 2020 The Castle, which the academy leases, is a popular tourist attraction, though getting in isn’t so simple for non-members, who almost always need an invitation from a member. chicagotribune.com, "L.A.’s storied Magic Castle shaken by allegations of sexual misconduct, racism," 6 Dec. 2020 These days, the tourist attraction gets only a few visitors. New York Times, "As Refugees, Their Options Were Limited. Others Saw a Profit.," 5 Dec. 2020 The Castle, which the academy leases, is a popular tourist attraction, though getting in isn’t so simple for non-members, who almost always need an invitation from a member. Los Angeles Times, "L.A.’s storied Magic Castle shaken by allegations of sexual misconduct, racism," 4 Dec. 2020

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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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21 Jan 2021

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“Attraction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attraction. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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attraction

noun
How to pronounce attraction (audio)

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

attraction

noun
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

attraction

noun
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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