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



    BrE BrE//ˈmæɡnət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæɡnət//
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  1. 1a piece of iron that attracts objects made of iron towards it, either naturally or because of an electric current that is passed through it
  2. 2[usually singular] magnet (for somebody/something) a person, place or thing that somebody/something is attracted to In the 1990s the area became a magnet for new investment. The scent of flowers acts as a magnet to bees.
  3. 3an object with a magnetic surface that you can stick onto a metal surface fridge magnets of your favourite cartoon characters
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (denoting lodestone): from Latin magnes, magnet-, from Greek magnēs lithos ‘lodestone’, probably influenced by Anglo-Norman French magnete (from Latin magnes, magnet-).
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