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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
Companies gravitate towards dealing with the obvious risks from large suppliers or known areas and underestimate the risk from others.
Some experts say people with ASD may gravitate towards technology because of its predictability.
Routine, blue-collar jobs do get outsourced but high-end research, marketing and design work gravitates to the U.S. Related Video Your browser does not support HTML5 video.
Island Time Nature lovers gravitate toward Kauai’s wild beauty.
The video concludes with a feminist reimagining of Michelangelo's Creation of Adam, in which women are gravitating toward each other as opposed to Adam and God in the original painting.
There were the big names: the museum, the zoo, Flattop — places most out-of-town visitors tend to gravitate.
But both West and LaBeouf tend to gravitate toward a trimmer fit on the bottom (or short-shorts), with a big boxy sweatshirt or an oversize chore coat on top.
Top players today tend to gravitate toward Nike and Adidas, while Skechers was quick to point out that its clients include Karl Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Larry Bird.
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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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