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[ uh-trak-shuhn ]


  1. the act, power, or property of attracting.
  2. attractive quality; magnetic charm; fascination; allurement; enticement:

    the subtle attraction of her strange personality.

    Synonyms: lure, appeal

  3. a person or thing that draws, attracts, allures, or entices:

    The main attraction was the after-dinner speaker.

  4. a characteristic or quality that provides pleasure; attractive feature:

    The chief attractions of the evening were the good drinks and witty conversation.

  5. Physics. the electric or magnetic force that acts between oppositely charged bodies, tending to draw them together.
  6. an entertainment offered to the public.

    Synonyms: spectacle, show


/ əˈtrækʃən /


  1. the act, power, or quality of attracting
  2. a person or thing that attracts or is intended to attract
  3. a force by which one object attracts another, such as the gravitational or electrostatic force
  4. a change in the form of one linguistic element caused by the proximity of another element
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Word History and Origins

Origin of attraction1

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English attraccioun, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin attractiōn-, stem of attractiō; equivalent to attract + -ion
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Example Sentences

Ironically, these attempts to please the algorithm often meant losing the very flexibility that was one of the attractions of gig work.

The last week of August is not the best time to visit Europe for anything other than empty tourist attractions.

From Quartz

The Ashland Mural Walk in Wisconsin’s far north is a leading tourist attraction for the town of 8,200 people.

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The research, conducted with Markey’s ex-wife, psychology professor Charlotte Markey, used surveys and statistical modelling to explore the connection between personality, romantic attraction, and relationship quality.

The infant universe was so smooth that the gravitational attraction of ordinary matter alone wouldn’t have been enough to gather particles into galaxies, stars and planets.

For the Brogpas, transforming into a tourist attraction may offer their community a way to generate much-needed income.

Were you playing up or, on the flip side, shying away from portraying a romantic attraction?

Fees can range from £5,000 to £20,000, the attraction being the relatability she holds with her subscribers.

Even Godzilla, the ugliest star attraction of them all, is bigger than ever, both at the box office and in sheer monstrous height.

“The new attraction is off to an amazing start,” said Comcast CEO Brian Robert.

Pitch corresponds to the range of the voice, and expresses affection or attraction.

In 1884 she once more yielded to the attraction that Paris had for her, and there made a great advance in her painting.

It possessed the greatest interest and attraction for Edna; the envelope, its size and shape, the post-mark, the handwriting.

The pleasures of life (the rational pleasures I hope) had always an attraction for me.

Banquets and feasting offered little attraction to the hero, and he despised riches and rank.


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