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 Now, more than a year later, the African nation is taking stock of its most precious attraction: its animals. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 25 May 2021 Thompson has previously been open about her attraction to multiple genders, declining to label herself. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 25 May 2021 Each summer, Fenn's fans flocked to Santa Fe where Forrest Fenn was their star attraction. CBS News, 22 May 2021 Merlin Entertainments is promoting the 33,000-square-foot aquarium in combination with its other attraction in the downtown mall, the LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Randy Diamond, San Antonio Express-News, 20 May 2021 But with these latest pairings, each entity stands as their own attraction. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 17 May 2021 But another aspect of the cultural context around cyber-criminality—and perhaps its attraction—is music. Oludayo Tade, Quartz, 12 May 2021 When Ethan hires Naomi to give a new seminar on modern intimacy designed to draw a younger crowd to his synagogue, the two immediately find Naomi’s teachings put to the test in their own mutual attraction. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 4 May 2021 Mayflies aren’t alone in their fatal attraction to what researchers refer to as ALAN: artificial light at night. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 4 May 2021

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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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2 Jun 2021

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“Attraction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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


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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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