1. The act or capability of attracting.
2. The quality of attracting; charm.
a. A feature or characteristic that attracts.
b. A person, place, thing, or event that is intended to attract: The main attraction was a Charlie Chaplin film.
4. A force exerted between bodies that tends to draw or hold them together, such as gravitational force or the electric or magnetic force between bodies of opposite polarity.
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