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 new area of the park will be home to attractions based on the Marvel movies and comics. Helen Murphy,, "Robert Downey Jr. Jokes He Was Once 'Arrested' at Disneyland for 'Smoking Pot in a Gondola'," 24 Aug. 2019 As part of its D23 fan conference, the company unveiled plans for a new Moana attraction at Epcot and provided more clarity for its Avengers-themed area at Disneyland California Adventures and Disneyland Paris. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Avengers, Moana Lead Upcoming Disney Park Additions," 23 Aug. 2019 New attractions based on beloved movie properties like Moana and the Marvel Cinematic Universe will soon set sail at Disney parks around the world. Joey Nolfi,, "Disney reveals Moana, Marvel attraction details for Epcot, California Adventure," 23 Aug. 2019 Those looking for information on special attractions can visit, organizers said. Sofia Saric,, "St. Anthony’s Feast celebrates a century in North End," 23 Aug. 2019 Inside Oga’s Cantina, the droid DJ R3X spins favorites from around the universe, and nearly all were written and recorded specifically for the attraction. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "How the Music From Disney's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Goes Beyond the Cantina on 'Playlist #1' Album: Exclusive," 23 Aug. 2019 Sharks have been the star-fish attraction in media headlines this summer, with Volusia County earning its reputation as the shark bite capital of the world. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Tourism thrives despite shark bite capital of the world title for Volusia County," 22 Aug. 2019 But the card’s financial attractions may not match its technological beauty. The Economist, "Apple and Goldman Sachs launch their credit card," 22 Aug. 2019 The Fair’s newest neighborhood was envisioned to recognize Minnesota innovations in agriculture, industry and the arts, along with uniquely Minnesota attractions. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "North End brings a new look, new events center and Angry Birds to Minnesota State Fair," 21 Aug. 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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to spread over or through

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