[ grav-i-teyt ]
See synonyms for: gravitategravitating on

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.

  1. to have a natural tendency or be strongly attracted (usually followed by to or toward): Musicians gravitate toward one another.

Origin of gravitate

First recorded in 1635–45; from New Latin gravitātus (past participle of gravitāre “to obey the laws of gravitation,” coined by Sir Isaac Newton); see gravity, -ate1

Other words for gravitate

Other words from gravitate

  • grav·i·tat·er, noun
  • su·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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use gravitate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for gravitate


/ (ˈɡrævɪˌteɪt) /

  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

  1. to sink or settle

Derived forms of gravitate

  • gravitater, noun

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