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verb (used without object), grav·i·tat·ed, grav·i·tat·ing.
  1. to move or tend to move under the influence of gravitational force.
  2. to tend toward the lowest level; sink; fall.
  3. to have a natural tendency or be strongly attracted (usually followed by to or toward): Musicians gravitate toward one another.
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Origin of gravitate

First recorded in 1635–45, gravitate is from the New Latin word gravitātus (past participle of gravitāre). See gravity, -ate1
Related formsgrav·i·tat·er, nounsu·per·grav·i·tate, verb (used without object), su·per·grav·i·tat·ed, su·per·grav·i·tat·ing.un·grav·i·tat·ing, adjective


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verb (intr)
  1. physics to move under the influence of gravity
  2. (usually foll by to or towards) to be influenced or drawn, as by strong impulses
  3. to sink or settle
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Derived Formsgravitater, noun
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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."

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