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Topic: DAILY LIFE

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: magnete, from Latin magnes, from Greek magnes (lithos) '(stone) of Magnesia', ancient city in Turkey

magnet

noun
     
mag‧net [countable]
1DT a piece of iron or steel that can stick to metal or make other metal objects move towards itself
2 something or someone that attracts many people or things
magnet for
The region has become a magnet for small businesses.
attract/draw somebody/something like a magnet
She drew men to her like a magnet.
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