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[ grav-i-teyt ]

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.

    Synonyms: move, lean, tend, incline


/ ˈɡrævɪˌteɪt /


  1. physics to move under the influence of gravity
  2. usually foll byto or towards to be influenced or drawn, as by strong impulses
  3. to sink or settle

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Derived Forms

  • ˈgraviˌtater, noun

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Other Words From

  • gravi·tater noun
  • super·gravi·tate verb (used without object) supergravitated supergravitating
  • un·gravi·tating adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of gravitate1

First recorded in 1635–45; from New Latin gravitātus (past participle of gravitāre “to obey the laws of gravitation,” coined by Sir Isaac Newton ); gravity, -ate 1

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Example Sentences

As the ills of factory farming become more pronounced, people are increasingly gravitating towards vegetarian or pescatarian diets.

Additionally, he addresses the “rise of the rest” phenomenon, which is the idea that venture capital will gravitate toward cities that have not been the traditional tech hubs.

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Given a choice, most people gravitate toward the natural over the artificial.

That money is gravitating toward the campaigns at a moment when many publications are being compelled to cover adjacent topics instead, with no campaign trail to report from.

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I would go so far as to say that mathematicians themselves come in these two flavors, too — at least, they tend to gravitate to one of the two poles.

People everywhere gravitate to smart lovers, because an intelligent partner comes with a host of sexy perks.

And I always gravitate towards things that are not beautiful, but broken and weird and fascinating.

I kind of felt at that time—because I gravitate towards these types of movies—that I have some similarities with Woody Allen.

Which makes me gravitate towards a more parsimonious explanation: all economists are, definitionally, very good at college.

Whether people are on the move in their own countries or across borders, they gravitate toward big cities.

Hither does every soul in the place, at some hour or other of the day, inevitably gravitate.

The more matured Quakers and Quakeresses generally gravitate hitherwards.

All instinctively gravitate toward him, and never wish to break off their association with him.

I never knew a fool that sooner or later didn't gravitate to chickens.

Sooner may you expect the sun with all the planetary system will rush from their shining spheres, to gravitate round a pebble.


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