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magnet

noun [C] uk   /ˈmæɡ.nət/ us  

magnet noun [C] (OBJECT)

an object that is able both to attract iron and steel objects and also push them away

magnet noun [C] (ATTRACTION)

a person, place, or thing that other people feel strongly attracted to: The United States has always acted as a magnet for people seeking fame and fortune.
Translations of “magnet”
in Korean 자석…
in Arabic مِغناطيس…
in French aimant…
in Turkish mıknatıs…
in Italian calamita…
in Chinese (Traditional) 物體, 磁體, 磁鐵,磁石…
in Russian магнит…
in Polish magnes…
in Spanish imán…
in Portuguese ímã…
in German der Magnet…
in Catalan imant…
in Japanese 磁石…
in Chinese (Simplified) 物体, 磁体, 磁铁,磁石…
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