Definition of gravitate in US English:



[no object]
  • 1Move toward or be attracted to a place, person, or thing.

    ‘they gravitated to the Catholic faith in their hour of need’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My thoughts instantly gravitated towards him.’
    • ‘The solution that they seem to be gravitating towards is immigration.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They made it clear that during the day people gravitate towards the town hall.’
    • ‘I don't know why newspapers and magazines gravitate towards slander.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fairly quickly, I gravitated towards one chat room in particular.’
    • ‘Here, his interests gravitated towards modernist painters such as Picasso and DeKooning.’
    • ‘During this time he took a Masters degree course in Trinity College in Anglo-Irish literature and his interests gravitated towards Dublin.’
    • ‘We were gravitating towards other people in similar fields who were making a difference.’
    • ‘Throughout my life, I've gravitated towards these amazing, exceptional people.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Writing songs from personal experience, Natalie gravitated towards country music because of its honesty and directness.’
    • ‘Instead of stepping into the medical profession, he gravitated towards music.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He had that presence which made people gravitate towards him.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1Physics Move, or tend to move, toward a center of gravity or other attractive force.
      • ‘When ordinary matter gravitates together, it clumps forming familiar objects like stars and planets.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For such a scenario, the centrifugal forces would cause its water veneer to gravitate away from the poles and pile up at the equator.’
      move, head, be pulled, drift
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    2. 1.2archaic Descend or sink by the force of gravity.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We descend directly to the stern at 30m and gravitate immediately to the impressive 3m propeller.’


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