[ uh-trak-shuhn ]
/ əˈtræk ʃən /


the act, power, or property of attracting.
attractive quality; magnetic charm; fascination; allurement; enticement: the subtle attraction of her strange personality.
a person or thing that draws, attracts, allures, or entices: The main attraction was the after-dinner speaker.
a characteristic or quality that provides pleasure; attractive feature: The chief attractions of the evening were the good drinks and witty conversation.
Physics. the electric or magnetic force that acts between oppositely charged bodies, tending to draw them together.
an entertainment offered to the public.

Origin of attraction

1375–1425; late Middle English attraccioun (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin attractiōn- (stem of attractiō). See attract, -ion


at·trac·tion·al·ly, adverbre·at·trac·tion, nounsu·per·at·trac·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for attraction

/ (əˈtrækʃən) /


the act, power, or quality of attracting
a person or thing that attracts or is intended to attract
a force by which one object attracts another, such as the gravitational or electrostatic force
a change in the form of one linguistic element caused by the proximity of another element
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Medical definitions for attraction

[ ə-trăkshən ]


A force acting mutually between particles of matter to draw them together and to resist their separation.
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