Definition of gravitate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡravɪteɪt/


[no object, with adverbial]
1Move towards or be attracted to a person or thing: young western Europeans will gravitate to Berlin
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  • 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.
2 Physics Move, or tend to move, towards a centre of gravity or other attractive force: the electron does not gravitate towards the nucleus
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  • 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, be pulled, drift;
tend, have a tendency, lean, incline, veer;
be drawn to, be attracted to
2.1 archaic Descend or sink by the force of gravity: water does not gravitate on any part of itself beneath it
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  • 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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