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 This might be the don’t-miss attraction of the weekend, a personal tour of Denver architect Gass’ favorite buildings downtown. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "Peek into a former sanatorium, French Gothic cathedral and more landmarks at Doors Open Denver," 15 Sep. 2019 Music and food may have been the draws on both evenings, but Saturday’s Family Fun Zone was a major attraction for the younger set and their parents. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, "Rock the Block draws families to Elmhurst for music, food and fun," 9 Sep. 2019 For the past few years, lobster has been the red-hot attraction at many San Diego area casino buffets, but the burger is the current culinary craze that’s sizzling. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Casinos put the sizzle in red-hot burger trend," 8 Sep. 2019 That will be a key attraction for Thrive City, which will boast some 20 bars, restaurants and stores, parks and public plazas, office space and even art exhibits. Jim Harrington, The Denver Post, "Golden State Warriors unveil stunning new arena in San Francisco," 27 Aug. 2019 At the center is an extra-special attraction: A glass floor that shows off the ground a whopping 140 feet below. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Oklahoma's opioid ruling, Chinese defiance and Epstein's accusers day in court: The Morning Rundown," 27 Aug. 2019 That will be a key attraction for Thrive City, which will boast some 20 bars, restaurants and stores, parks and public plazas, office space and even art exhibits. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "Golden State Warriors unveil stunning new arena in San Francisco," 26 Aug. 2019 The fast-casual, order-at-the-counter restaurant and adjoining fish market will be the most recognizable attraction, Stevens said, but Bear Flag also plans to incorporate a cocktail lounge where the dance floor is now, as well as a sushi bar. Daily Pilot, "Laguna’s former Boom Boom Room slated to become Bear Flag Fish Co.," 14 Aug. 2019 Flexibility is the biggest attraction for coworking. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "How much is too much when it comes to Dallas-Fort Worth coworking offices?," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of attraction

circa 1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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22 Oct 2019

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The first known use of attraction was circa 1575

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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 attract (audio) \ transitive verb

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