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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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attractionat‧trac‧tion /əˈtrækʃən/ ●●○ W3 noun  1 [countable, uncountable]ATTRACT a feeling of liking someone, especially in a sexual way The attraction between them was almost immediate.2 [countable]INTERESTING something interesting or enjoyable to see or do The beautiful beaches are the island’s main attraction (=most popular place, activity etc).tourist attraction (=a place that many tourists visit)3 [countable, uncountable]ADVANTAGE a feature or quality that makes something seem interesting or enjoyableattraction of Being your own boss is one of the attractions of owning your own business.4 HP[countable, uncountable] technical a force which makes things move together or stay together the gravitational attraction between the Earth and the MoonCOLLOCATIONSMeaning 2: something interesting or enjoyable to see or doADJECTIVES/NOUN + attractionthe main attractionThe lovely countryside is obviously the main attraction for visitors.the star attraction (=someone or something that many people want to see)The former president was the star attraction of the conference.a popular attractionThe zoo is by far the most popular attraction.a big/major attractionThe ducks and geese are a big attraction to children.a special attractionA special attraction is the tropical greenhouse.a tourist attractionThe British Museum is one of London’s most popular tourist attractions.a visitor attractionThe park will be a new visitor attraction for the town.verbsbe/become/prove an attractionThe organisers hope the event will become an annual attraction.THESAURUSMeaning 3: a feature or quality that makes something seem interesting or enjoyableattraction noun [countable, uncountable] a feature or quality that makes people like, want, or feel interested in somethingThe excitement is part of the attraction of the job. For many mothers, the attraction of childcare in the workplace is the chance to be near their children.The idea of living in another country does have a certain attraction.appeal noun [countable, uncountable] a quality that makes people like something or someoneMuch of Corfu’s appeal lies in its lively night life.I don’t understand the appeal of this kind of music.the lure of something noun [singular] a very attractive quality that makes you want something very much – often used about something that has a bad effect or influenceIt’s hard to resist the lure of credit cards and easy money.The lure of urban life is especially powerful for the young.charm noun [countable, uncountable] a pleasant quality that someone or something has that makes people like them, feel attracted to them, or be influenced by themHe was physically attractive and possessed considerable personal charm.The book captures Savannah’s old Southern charm perfectly.glamour noun [uncountable] the attractive and exciting quality that is connected with wealth and successthe glamour of Monte CarloHollywood glamourThe world of modelling is famous for its glitz and glamour.draw noun [singular] something that makes people want to do something or go somewhere The money is a big draw for many players.The island’s main draw is its wonderful beaches.
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attractionPartnerships are about intentions but they derive their stature and attraction from what they achieve.As a research project there is a dual attraction.The van der Waals bond is a weak electrical attraction that is related to the asymmetry of certain atoms and ions.By collision and gravitational attraction, the larger planetesimals swept up the smaller pieces and became the planets.The hills of Provence have a magical attraction for many.magnetic attractionBoth these and the other attractions can be easily reached from our bases in Kissimmee and Orlando.There was definitely a physical attraction between us."The Viper" is one of the theme park's most popular attractions.Our circle was a group of rebels and no-one could quite understand our friend's attraction to him.For many mothers, one of the attractions of childcare in the workplace is the chance to be near their children.A lot of young people take drugs. Personally, I can't see the attraction.It is only when the attraction is not a hot one that you hear about the competition from other events or experiences.The Galapagos Islands are one of Ecuador's main tourist attractions.You can see what attractions lie along your route, or base your route on the attractions you prefer.tourist attractionThe following year, the local middle classes organised the new Bonfire Societies and controlled popular effervescence became a tourist attraction.The magnificent hall itself and its gardens became a tourist attraction.Starting from the Scenic Tunnel, long a tourist attraction, the pair headed for the opening that had previously been blasted.Graceland, Elvis Presley's former home, is now a tourist attraction that draws more than 600,000 visitors every year.And about the same time a mystery blaze broke out at Madame Tussaud's, another of the capitals major tourist attractions.It is the newest tourist attraction at the Kennedy Space Center.St Michael's Mount, left, is a popular tourist attraction.That our lovely, blue planet is not a popular tourist attraction for extraterrestrials.the city's top tourist attractionattraction ofMexico's large labor force may have been the main attraction of the free trade agreement.
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