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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
Kehrli said customers generally gravitate to the service — or combination of services — that best fits their needs.
They're partially driven by their young workforce, as millennials gravitate to jobs and products that align with their values.
That success is now largely self-perpetuating, with billionaires, Saudi princes and the China Horse Club all gravitating to the guy who wins the biggest races.
Computer scientists have gravitated to arXiv because of the slow reviewing process at journals, says Yann LeCun, Facebook's chief AI scientist in New York City.
Mayfield's a winner (33-6 at Oklahoma), accurate, has a strong arm, can throw it into tight windows and teammates gravitate to him.
As more young people decamp from the cities to the suburbs, Mr Frey wonders if a hybrid might develop, where people who leave cities—especially the most vibrant and expensive ones—will gravitate to places with similar amenities.
Most of Brazil’s fish biologists gravitate to the Amazon; Rocha made one trip to the river and decided he was destined to study saltwater instead.
Then there’s the frequent lunchtime bike ride, which gravitates to the path along Lake Michigan, the one place in Chicago with wide vistas and little to no trace of humans.
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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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