Definition of gravitate
1 : to move under the influence of gravitation
2 a : to move toward something b : to be drawn or attracted especially by natural inclination <youngsters…gravitate toward a strong leader — Rose Friedman>
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.
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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