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English definition of “magnet”

magnet

noun [C]  /ˈmæɡ·nət/ us  
physics an object, esp. a piece of iron, that is able to attract iron and steel objects toward itself: Magnets are used to attach the toy train’s cars to the engine. We use a refrigerator magnet (= small decorative magnet that will stick to a steel door) to hang our kidslatest drawings. fig. New York City remains a magnet for tourists (= it attracts them).
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