Definition of attraction noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈtrækʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈtrækʃn//
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  1. 1  [singular, uncountable] a feeling of liking somebody, especially sexually She felt an immediate attraction for him. Sexual attraction is a large part of falling in love. They felt a strong mutual attraction.
  2. 2  [countable] an interesting or enjoyable place to go or thing to do Buckingham Palace is a major tourist attraction. The main attraction at Giverny is Monet's garden. Attractions at the fair include a mini-circus, clowns, dancers and a jazz band.
  3. 3  [countable, uncountable] a feature, quality or person that makes something seem interesting and enjoyable, and worth having or doing I can't see the attraction of sitting on a beach all day. City life holds little attraction for me. She is the star attraction of the show. And there’s the added attraction of free champagne on all flights.
  4. 4[uncountable] (physics) a force that pulls things towards each other gravitational/magnetic attraction compare repulsion
  5. Word Originlate Middle English (denoting the action of a poultice in drawing matter from the tissues): from Latin attractio(n-), from the verb attrahere, from ad- ‘to’ + trahere ‘draw’.Extra examples All matter exerts a gravitational attraction. Feeding the animals proved a popular attraction for visitors to the farm. His attraction to you is obvious. I could now see the attraction of a steady job and regular income. I struggled to resist the attraction. Long flights hold no attraction for me. Sophie was plainly the centre of attraction in the room. The lack of heat was an attraction for cyclists. The main attraction of the place is the nightlife. They could no longer deny the attraction between them. They shared a powerful mutual attraction. the attraction between two people the strong attraction that she felt for him And there’s the added attraction of free champagne on all flights. I can’t see the attraction of sitting on the beach all day. The main attraction of diesel cars is the fuel economy. The stunning landscape is only part of the attraction of the region.
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