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From Middle English attraccioun, from Old French attraction, from Latin attractio from past participle of attrahō (= ad + trahō), equivalent to attract +‎ -ion



attraction (countable and uncountable, plural attractions)

  1. The tendency to attract.
    The Moon is held in its orbit by the attraction of the Earth's gravity.
  2. The feeling of being attracted.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 5, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose. And the queerer the cure for those ailings the bigger the attraction. A place like the Right Livers' Rest was bound to draw freaks, same as molasses draws flies.
    I felt a strange attraction towards the place.
  3. (countable) An event, location, or business that has a tendency to draw interest from visitors, and in many cases, local residents.
    The new mall should be a major attraction.
    Star Tours is a very cool Disney World attraction.
  4. (chess) The sacrifice of pieces in order to expose the enemy king.


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From Old French attraction, from Latin attractiō.



attraction f (plural attractions)

  1. attraction (all senses)


  • Hungarian: attrakció

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