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Examples of gravitate in a Sentence
The guests gravitated toward the far side of the room.
The conversation gravitated to politics.
Voters have started gravitating to him as a possible candidate.
Many young people now gravitate toward careers in the computer industry.
Recent Examples of gravitate from the Web
With Crennel and his grandfatherly-favorite uncle personality, players gravitate toward him and seek him out for advice.
Zubey believes, like Saguaro, families gravitate to programs that are turning players to colleges with scholarships.
In the early 1960s, a growing number of audacious adolescents and young adults gravitated to S.N.C.C. (or Snick, as it was popularly called) because they were disenchanted with traditional rights groups.
In 2008, Ortiz gravitated early to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and hosted a party at his home, with local artists invited to create their own prints.
Whether around a young star or a supermassive black hole, the many mutually interacting objects in a self-gravitating debris disk are complicated to describe mathematically.
While in the past Markle has gravitated toward American or Canadian labels, today’s look featured the future royal-in-law sporting English designers from top to toe.
An ardent fan of bodycon, Khloé naturally gravitates towards form-fitting outfits; many of them designed by her good friend Olivier Rousteing at Balmain.
In both cases, parties gravitate toward their organized activists.
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Did You Know?
English has several weighty words descended from the Latin gravitas, meaning "weight." The first to arrive on the scene was "gravity," which appeared in the early 16th century. (Originally meaning "dignity or sobriety of bearing," it quickly came to mean "weight" as well.) Next came "gravitation" (used to describe the force of gravity) and "gravitate" - both mid-17th century arrivals. "Gravitate" once meant "to apply weight or pressure," but that use is now obsolete. In the late 17th century, it was recorded in the sense "to move under the effect of gravitation." It then acquired a more general sense of "to move toward something" (as toward a specific location), and finally a metaphorical third sense of "to be attracted" (as toward a person or a vocation).
GRAVITATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gravitate for English Language Learners
: to move or tend to move to or toward someone or something
: to be attracted to or toward something or someone
GRAVITATE Defined for Kids
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