attraction

noun

at·​trac·​tion ə-ˈtrak-shən How to pronounce attraction (audio)
1
a
: 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
Choose the Right Synonym for attraction

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?
Recent Examples on the Web Having a rental car is ideal for doing road trips to different towns and attractions around the state. Erinne Magee, Travel + Leisure, 11 Apr. 2024 Minutes before totality, lines at the zoo’s attractions and vendors cleared as visitors found an open spot on the ground to lay back and watch the eclipse. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Apr. 2024 Urban adventures takes campers on amazing daily field trip adventures to the Bay Area’s best museums, activities and urban attractions. Brittany Delay, The Mercury News, 8 Apr. 2024 The early summer Fair preview is back with food, beer, vendors, the Milk Run 5K race, Giant Slide rides and other attractions. Jared Kaufman, Twin Cities, 6 Apr. 2024 The cosmos is generating strong feelings, attractions and fall-outs similar to a rollercoaster ride. Debbie Frank, Peoplemag, 5 Apr. 2024 To this day, theatrical film drives most other parts of the business, including theme park attractions and toy sales. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2024 Adding more family-friendly rides and attractions should draw attendance from both residents and tourists. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Apr. 2024 With so few businesses – and little room for more – residential real estate is one of Lewisburg’s key attractions, neighborhood advocates say. The Enquirer, 3 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of attraction was circa 1575

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“Attraction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attraction. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

attraction

noun
at·​trac·​tion ə-ˈtrak-shən How to pronounce attraction (audio)
1
: the act, process, or power of attracting
2
: something that attracts or pleases
3
: a force acting between particles of matter, tending to draw them together, and resisting their separation

Medical Definition

attraction

noun
at·​trac·​tion ə-ˈtrak-shən How to pronounce attraction (audio)
: a force acting mutually between particles of matter, tending to draw them together, and resisting their separation
attract transitive verb

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