Definition of gravitate
1 : to move under the influence of gravitation
2a : to move toward somethingb : to be drawn or attracted especially by natural inclination youngsters … gravitate toward a strong leader — Rose Friedman
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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
When asked to describe the late Jimmy McBride, family and friends gravitate to such heroic terms: fighter, survivor, warrior--and most often, protector.
Our analysis found that Hufflepuff is clearly associated with the Midwest, while Slytherin gravitates to the South.
Wolfe also contended, those decades ago, that the superior work ethic of engineers who’d gravitated to Silicon Valley from humble places in the country’s midsection drove the industry.
But some just can’t bring themselves to wear the fitted suits or the fake smiles, and these are the ones Cube gravitates toward, the mavericks most comfortable on the blacktop despite its cracks.
Wings draft 6-6 forward who scored 32 goals in Western League this past season CHICAGO -- Given his size, Michael Rasmussen naturally gravitated towards basketball.
From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania My short & sweet A social justice-minded performer who gravitated towards big city living.
Hatch offers three 45-minute sessions on each family day at noon, 1 and 2 p.m. Fine art lovers often gravitate toward Hatch Show Print's Haley Gallery.
Parents of children with autism are gravitating toward programs that promise to teach physical skills.
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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).
First Known Use of gravitate
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
Definition of gravitate for Students
: to move or be drawn toward something
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