Definition of gravitate in English:



  • 1no object, with adverbial Move towards or be attracted to a person or thing.

    ‘young western Europeans will gravitate to Berlin’
    ‘we instantly gravitated towards one another’
    • ‘My thoughts instantly gravitated towards him.’
    • ‘I don't know why newspapers and magazines gravitate towards slander.’
    • ‘Seeing my arts students take their certificates as graduation today was a great moment, as was hearing what they are going to study as of next week - each of them seems to have gravitated towards the subject areas most suited to them.’
    • ‘My husband is vegetarian, but the children aren't, so they can have anything they want in moderation, though my eldest daughter gravitates towards vegetarianism.’
    • ‘Instead of stepping into the medical profession, he gravitated towards music.’
    • ‘They made it clear that during the day people gravitate towards the town hall.’
    • ‘Advertisers gravitate towards low end brands where negative feelings against them are outweighed by the fact that some percentage of overall listeners will convert to buyers.’
    • ‘Fairly quickly, I gravitated towards one chat room in particular.’
    • ‘We were gravitating towards other people in similar fields who were making a difference.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘During this time he took a Masters degree course in Trinity College in Anglo-Irish literature and his interests gravitated towards Dublin.’
    • ‘The solution that they seem to be gravitating towards is immigration.’
    • ‘The political system is not opening, but the language of politics is clearly opening up, and it's gravitating towards what the youth would relate to, about popular culture, in effect.’
    • ‘‘The people with a passion for motor sports seem to gravitate towards it - if they can't be driving then it makes them feel a part of it,’ he says.’
    • ‘I could probably hazard a few surmises but I gravitated towards this kind of journalism, talking to strong personalities about their strongly-held beliefs because it's a comfortable position for me.’
    • ‘He had that presence which made people gravitate towards him.’
    • ‘Writing songs from personal experience, Natalie gravitated towards country music because of its honesty and directness.’
    • ‘Here, his interests gravitated towards modernist painters such as Picasso and DeKooning.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Throughout my life, I've gravitated towards these amazing, exceptional people.’
  • 2Physics
    no object, with adverbial Move, or tend to move, towards a centre of gravity or other attractive force.

    ‘the electron does not gravitate towards the nucleus’
    • ‘Four blocks gravitate simultaneously towards the centre of the piece when a lever on the side is moved.’
    • ‘Similarly, instead of being thrown off into space by their movement round the sun, the planets would gravitate towards the centre of their whirlpool.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For such a scenario, the centrifugal forces would cause its water veneer to gravitate away from the poles and pile up at the equator.’
    • ‘If it turns out that antimatter gravitates in any way different from matter, a whole lot of theory is going to have to be revised.’
    • ‘When ordinary matter gravitates together, it clumps forming familiar objects like stars and planets.’
    move, head, be pulled, drift
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    1. 2.1archaic Descend or sink by the force of gravity.
      ‘water does not gravitate on any part of itself beneath it’
      • ‘Water gravitates toward the sea; vapor rises to the sky.’
      • ‘We descend directly to the stern at 30m and gravitate immediately to the impressive 3m propeller.’
      • ‘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’.