at·trac·tion

at·trac·tion
/əˈtrækʃən/ noun, pl -tions
1 [count]
1 a : something interesting or enjoyable that people want to visit, see, or do

The waterfall continues to be the main attraction at the park.

The town's big attraction for movie lovers is the annual film festival.

Buses take visitors to all the city's best tourist attractions. [=things tourists usually like to see or do]

◇ A coming attraction is a movie, show, or other interesting thing that is going to happen or be available soon.

Before the movie began, we saw previews of coming attractions.

1 b : a performer who people want to see

She is the star attraction of the show.

2 [singular] : a feeling that makes someone romantically or sexually interested in another person

There's a strong sexual attraction between them.

His attraction to her grew over the course of their time together.

3 : a feature or quality that makes someone or something interesting or enjoyable
[noncount]

A good relationship is based on more than just physical attraction.

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I understand the attraction of skydiving, but I could never do it.

What are the attractions of owning your own business?

4 physics : a force that pulls something to or toward something else
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magnetic/gravitational attraction

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attractions among particles

— opposite repulsion

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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