- to move or tend to move under the influence of gravitational force.
- to tend toward the lowest level; sink; fall.
- to have a natural tendency or be strongly attracted (usually followed by to or toward): Musicians gravitate toward one another.
Origin of gravitate
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Examples from the Web for gravitate
I kind of felt at that time—because I gravitate towards these types of movies—that I have some similarities with Woody Allen.Billy Bob Thornton’s Favorite (Dysfunctional) Family Films
Billy Bob Thornton
September 11, 2013
Which makes me gravitate towards a more parsimonious explanation: all economists are, definitionally, very good at college.Why Do Economists Urge College, But Not Marriage?
March 20, 2013
Whether people are on the move in their own countries or across borders, they gravitate toward big cities.The Forgotten Lives of Refugees
June 19, 2012
Most of their supporters might gravitate to Gingrich, giving him a fighting chance in Florida and beyond.Newt's Surprising S.C. Strength
January 14, 2012
And gravitate toward noble entities you spy behind froggy appearances.The Stars Predict Your Week
Starsky + Cox
October 15, 2011
Who that has poached a pile does not gravitate there, as the needle to the pole?
The manifestation of Him must "gravitate inwards" on the soul.A Dish Of Orts
The soap is then in a condition to allow the impurities to gravitate.The Handbook of Soap Manufacture
W. H. Simmons
If it was a body of this kind, would it not gravitate like all other matter?A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 5 (of 10)
Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
They gravitate together, and often marry each other, and are very happy.Mystery at Geneva
- physics to move under the influence of gravity
- (usually foll by to or towards) to be influenced or drawn, as by strong impulses
- to sink or settle
Word Origin and History for gravitate
1640s, "exert weight, move downward," from Modern Latin gravitatus, past participle of gravitare "gravitate," from Latin gravitas "heaviness, weight" (see gravity). Meaning "To be affected by gravity" is from 1690s. Figurative use from 1670s. Related: Gravitated; gravitating. The classical Latin verb was gravare "to make heavy, burden, oppress, aggravate."