Definition of attraction in English:

attraction

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The action or power of evoking interest in or liking for someone or something.

    ‘the timeless attraction of a good tune’
    ‘she has very romantic ideas about sexual attraction’
    • ‘As human beings we cannot deny our attraction to anything sexual.’
    • ‘This was physical attraction, sexual temptation, nothing more.’
    • ‘There is no physical contact or obvious sexual attraction in the bath scene.’
    • ‘Because of course pheromones, as you probably already know, stimulate sexual attraction.’
    • ‘The way I feel about her goes way beyond physical attraction.’
    • ‘Men, on the other hand, more frequently replied that sexual attraction was a prime reason for initiating a friendship, and that it could even deepen a friendship.’
    • ‘In acknowledging its attraction we diminish its power.’
    • ‘I did everything in my power to resist his attraction.’
    • ‘These can express everything from sexual attraction to intellectual or physical dominance.’
    • ‘Pheromones trigger basic responses, such as sexual attraction.’
    • ‘Although he embraced his sexuality more than the others, physical attraction was lacking.’
    • ‘Things I want in a relationship: intelligence, physical attraction, reciprocal love.’
    • ‘The attraction of political power is said to have reconciled his alienated parental family.’
    • ‘The power of attraction will only have a chance to work though, if the other partner is open minded and willing to consider something new.’
    • ‘Platonic love is devoid of any physical attraction or sexual interest.’
    • ‘He had never met the man, but already he could sense his power, his attraction.’
    • ‘We discuss sexual attraction and relationships.’
    • ‘I'm thinking today about the nature of sexual attraction.’
    • ‘Regardless, it raises interesting questions concerning the ways in which sexual attraction is bound up with aspirations.’
    • ‘No, it was probably only baseless physical, sexual attraction.’
    appeal, attractiveness, desirability, seductiveness, seduction, allure, allurement, magnetism, animal magnetism, sexual magnetism, charisma, charm, beauty, good looks, glamour, magic, spell
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    1. 1.1[count noun]A quality or feature that evokes interest, liking, or desire.
      ‘this reform has many attractions for those on the left’
      • ‘We have a wide range of attractions for all ages and we are grateful to all the Friends for their help in organising the event.’
      • ‘Are there specific features, attractions, or wildlife that you were hoping to see?’
      • ‘Face painting was one of the many attractions for the children.’
      • ‘Being part of a community is one of the biggest attractions for new crofters.’
      • ‘Future gains are likely to be more sedate although the shares have their attractions for those seeking some stability.’
      • ‘Within the village itself, there are other attractions for those keen on immersing themselves in local history.’
      • ‘The lake's attractions for anglers was of significant economic importance to the Bangor area.’
      • ‘But the beauty of the scenery and the charm of Thai culture are unlikely to hold any attractions for them now.’
      • ‘The library has special attractions for children and young people could find no better pastime than reading.’
      • ‘These social technologies have attractions for the writer and journalist.’
      • ‘One of the main attractions for users to have mobile phones is that they offer the ability to roam and to make telephone calls from almost anywhere.’
      • ‘But you can see the attractions for the international high flyer.’
      • ‘The airfield is one of the main attractions for the current residents - often bankers and businessmen who fly in from abroad for the weekend.’
      • ‘Reading a book damages the spine, which reduces its attractions for potential buyers.’
      • ‘The region has a number of attractions for potential investors.’
      • ‘He believes colour and convenience are the main attractions for beginner or novice gardeners buying plants.’
      • ‘One of the attractions for companies and groups is the range of activities available.’
      • ‘The supplier of financial information has two main attractions for private investors.’
      • ‘The beaches here are perfect for family and children as they offer fabulous attractions for all.’
      • ‘The quality of the workforce is one of the attractions for entrepreneurs and investors in the Paisley area.’
    2. 1.2[count noun]A place which draws visitors by providing something of interest or pleasure.
      ‘the church is the town's main tourist attraction’
      • ‘Promoting the town as a tourist attraction is to be one of the council's main objectives over the next 12 months.’
      • ‘The medieval village of Carcassonne is one of the best visitor attractions in the region and is not to be missed.’
      • ‘The main attractions for the tourists are the casinos and their free shows.’
      • ‘There are ambitious plans for the future and the entire park, when fully developed, will be a tourist attraction for locals and visitors alike.’
      • ‘Because York is such a large tourist attraction for continental visitors, will traders be able to afford not to accept the euro as payment?’
      • ‘Those bold moves helped to revitalise the city as a visitor attraction and shopping centre, and many other towns and cities followed suit.’
      • ‘His home town has been turned into a tourist attraction, with a museum to celebrate his career.’
      • ‘Other attractions for history buffs include the Palace of the Nawab.’
      • ‘In reaching the agreement the council will encourage the ‘environmentally sensitive’ development of the farm as a tourist attraction.’
      • ‘This is supposed to be a site of beauty and a tourist attraction.’
      • ‘Mr Simpson said they had tried to work with the park, as one of the county's main tourist attractions, while preserving the character of the area.’
      • ‘Knock Museum continues to be a popular attraction for many visitors to the area.’
      • ‘The road is also an important local road, providing a link to Manchester Airport and tourist attractions like Tatton Park.’
      • ‘The province was a tourist attraction and the home area of many political and business leaders.’
      • ‘Sligo Folk Park is the latest regional visitor and tourist attraction in the County.’
      • ‘In many towns and villages, such a house acts not only as a place to live, but also as a tourist attraction, bringing visitors in their droves.’
    3. 1.3Physics
      A force under the influence of which objects tend to move towards each other.
      ‘gravitational attraction’
      • ‘In science, Newton's laws for falling objects were based on the concept of gravitational attraction.’
      • ‘Gravitational forces of attraction always exist between two objects of any mass, but it takes an object as large as a planet for this force to become noticeable.’
      • ‘The electrical attraction between a proton and an electron is forty powers of ten stronger than their gravitational attraction.’
      • ‘This electrostatic attraction, called an ionic bond, is much weaker than a covalent bond of shared electrons.’
      • ‘The gravitational attraction between the two might follow a force law that differs from Newton's law of gravity.’
      • ‘The second force, which balances the gravitational attraction, is known as the centripetal force.’
      • ‘The energy of attraction between protons and neutrons is about a million times greater than the chemical binding energy between atoms.’
      • ‘As its name suggests, this is a powerful force of attraction that operates between all protons and neutrons.’
      • ‘The forces of attraction between ions in an ionic compound are very strong.’
      • ‘As an exercise you might try computing the electrostatic attraction between an electron and a proton and compare it with the gravitational attraction.’
      • ‘But gravitational attraction depends on distance and mass.’
      • ‘He attributed gravitation to the forces of mutual attraction between material objects.’
      • ‘Black holes are objects for which the gravitational attraction is so strong that nothing, not even light, can escape from it.’
      • ‘Of course, while atoms interact via well defined forces of attraction and repulsion, people are seldom so straightforward.’
    4. 1.4Grammar
      The influence exerted by one word on another which causes it to change to an incorrect form, e.g. the wages of sin is (for are) death.

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting the action of a poultice in drawing matter from the tissues): from Latin attractio(n-), from the verb attrahere (see attract).

Pronunciation:

attraction

/əˈtrakʃ(ə)n/