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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Collins, not Trae Young, has been Atlanta’s main attraction in terms of highlight-level moments. Jeremy Woo,, "The Summer League Leap: Second-Year Players Making an Impact in Las Vegas," 9 July 2018 That's why attractions in Buffalo Bayou Park are specially designed to be submerged by water for extended periods of time. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Yes, the Johnny Steele Dog Park is closed but there is a method to the madness," 5 July 2018 For access into Hollywood Studios, hotel guests will use a special pathway to enter the theme park that will take them between the two attractions in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, WDW News Today reported. Gabrielle Russon,, "Disney: New details on Star Wars hotel access," 5 July 2018 Moreover, some in the EU see attractions in a goods-only option. The Economist, "Hard Brexit is unravelling," 28 June 2018 By the mid-'60s, the quintet of Michael, Jermaine, Tito, Marlon and Jackie Jackson was a popular local attraction in their hometown of Gary, IN. Chris Morris,, "Joe Jackson, patriarch of America's most famous musical clan, father of Michael Jackson, dead at 89," 27 June 2018 The fourth neighborhood will be Inside Out Headquarters, which will introduce a new attraction in 2019 inspired by Inside Out. Mary Sollosi,, "Disneyland unveils new land Pixar Pier and the superpowered Incredicoaster," 25 June 2018 The Phillies were the hottest summer attraction in the city, and sellouts were a way of life. Bob Brookover,, "Phillies are far more improved than their attendance figures | Bob Brookover," 1 June 2018 See the slideshow above for the top 25 travel attractions in the USA. USA TODAY, "World's best landmarks: Angkor Wat and Alcatraz," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of attraction

circa 1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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