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adjective British English pronunciation: attractive /əˈtræktɪv/
  1. 1
    an attractive person is pleasant to look at, especially in a way that interests you sexually

    a stunningly attractive woman

    1. a.
      something that is attractive is pleasant in some way

      a pretty village set in attractive countryside

      We saw a less attractive side of his personality that day.

  2. 2
    worth having, considering, or doing

    a superficially attractive proposition

    attractive to:

    a company that will be increasingly attractive to investors

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food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

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a man … whose achievements may have been overestimated because he belonged to the gender and ethnic group … that was dominant at the time

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