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
Related formsat·trac·tion·al·ly, adverbre·at·trac·tion, nounsu·per·at·trac·tion, noun

Synonyms for attraction Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of attraction

Historical Examples of attraction

  • You will be the only attraction at this performance, and I have only you to count on for the receipts.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • A ton on some other planet, where the attraction of gravity is less, does not weigh half a ton.

    Pax Vobiscum

    Henry Drummond

  • The weight of a load depends upon the attraction of the earth.

    Pax Vobiscum

    Henry Drummond

  • The place has no attraction for me without you, and it was yours first.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • The earth-house had no longer any attraction for Steenie: the bonny man was not there; he was risen!

    Heather and Snow

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for attraction



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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Word Origin and History for attraction

late 14c., from French attraction, from Latin attractionem (nominative attractio) "a drawing together," noun of action from past participle stem of attrahere (see attract). Originally a medical word, "absorption by the body;" meaning "action of drawing to" is from 1540s (again medical); extended to magnetic, then figuratively to personal (c.1600) qualities. Meaning "a thing which draws a crowd, interesting or amusing exhibition" is from 1829, a sense that developed in English and soon transferred to the French equivalent of the word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

attraction in Medicine




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