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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The kid could become the greatest attraction in the history of the franchise. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Andy Green is smart, but at times he manages to drive you nuts," 16 June 2019 In 2016, a pair of businessmen bought the derelict prison from the state and turned it into a visitor attraction. William M. Gurstelle, Twin Cities, "Good ol’ Rocky Top: Visit the history, music, science of northeast Tennessee," 15 June 2019 Of course, the main attraction had to be the celebrities of Celebrity Fan Fest, which on Saturday looked like a Marvel and DC Comics movie crossover. René A. Guzman,, "Celebrity Fan Fest brings the big-screen geekdom to Freeman Coliseum," 15 June 2019 If that wasn't enough, the tower then drops the riders like a typical free-fall attraction. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "Have you seen the Gyro Drop on social media? It's fake.," 14 June 2019 And check out these other free family attractions: Let your creative juices run wild with interactive activities for families and kids at the Kohl’s Activity Zone. Brian Sodoma, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Have a blast at the Wisconsin State Fair on any budget," 14 June 2019 According to the app, Virtual Line is being used Friday for Jimmy Fallon’s Race Through New York and Fast & Furious: Supercharged attractions in Universal Studios theme park and for Pteranodon Flyers at Islands of Adventure. Dewayne Bevil,, "Universal: Notes on Hagrid’s coaster, hashtags, Virtual Line facts, Dueling Dragons nods," 14 June 2019 Missouri Branson: This tourist town is getting a new science attraction called WonderWorks. USA TODAY, "Retired monkeys, freeze-dried blood, ‘Hidden Figures Way’: News from around our 50 states," 14 June 2019 Also, DeLorenzo makes Hal and Dennis’ romantic attraction more explicit — enriching their characters’ interactions in the process. F. Kathleen Foley,, "Review: Joe Orton’s ‘Loot’ cuts with softened edges at the Odyssey," 14 June 2019

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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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