Definition of gravitate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡravəˌtāt/


[no object]
1Move toward or be attracted to a place, person, or thing: they gravitated to the Catholic faith in their hour of need
More example sentences
  • My thoughts instantly gravitated towards him.
  • They're found in all of the oceans of the world, but they gravitate towards the waters of the Arctics, where the food is plentiful and humans are rare.
  • The importance of Paris as an artistic centre, particularly in the book trade, meant that many foreign artists gravitated towards the French capital, attracted by the wealth of patrons.
1.1 Physics Move, or tend to move, toward a center of gravity or other attractive force.
Example sentences
  • Similarly, instead of being thrown off into space by their movement round the sun, the planets would gravitate towards the centre of their whirlpool.
  • Four blocks gravitate simultaneously towards the centre of the piece when a lever on the side is moved.
  • The moon gravitates towards the earth, and by the force of gravity is continually drawn off from a rectilinear motion, and retained in its orbit.
move, head, drift, be drawn, be attracted;
tend, lean, incline
1.2 archaic Descend or sink by the force of gravity.
Example sentences
  • We descend directly to the stern at 30m and gravitate immediately to the impressive 3m propeller.
  • Water gravitates toward the sea; vapor rises to the sky.
  • Fortunes gravitate to those whose minds have been prepared to attract them just as surely as water gravitates to the ocean.


Mid 17th century: from modern Latin gravitat-, from the verb gravitare, from Latin gravitas 'weight'.

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Syllabification: grav·i·tate

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