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
Raúl still gravitates toward players from Mexico, but lately that circle is shrinking.
Enid then gravitates towards Seymour (a career-defining performance for Buscemi), becoming fascinated by this outcast of a different generation, a record collector who can’t help but correct people over the difference between blues and ragtime.
As downtown Los Angeles continues to evolve in surprising ways, designers have gravitated to the Arts District, where many are setting up shop in 100-year-old warehouses.
The military veteran worked as a technician for the city of Portland and gravitated towards public service.
Players just gravitated to him regardless of position.
At that time, let’s just say there were a lot of really technically skilled prodigies gravitating toward a type of music that didn’t have as much depth to it and was more about flash.
Phillips, as usual, gravitated to her people -- the rich and famous.
Most of these people are gravitating toward cities; in 2008 for the first time, the United Nations estimates, more people lived in the world’s cities than in rural places.
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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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