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[grav-i-teyt] /ˈgræv ɪˌteɪt/
verb (used without object), gravitated, gravitating.
to move or tend to move under the influence of gravitational force.
to tend toward the lowest level; sink; fall.
to have a natural tendency or be strongly attracted (usually followed by to or toward):
Musicians gravitate toward one another.
1635-45; < New Latin gravitātus (past participle of gravitāre). See gravity, -ate1
Related forms
gravitater, noun
supergravitate, verb (used without object), supergravitated, supergravitating.
ungravitating, adjective
3. incline, tend, lean, move. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for gravitating
  • Outdoor living is gravitating from private retreat to shared property, so we're getting to know our neighbors again.
  • More and more people, though, are gravitating towards an alternative explanation: intelligent design.
  • Now many of them are gravitating to the supermarkets.
  • The shrinking newspaper and magazine landscape is evidence that advertisers are gravitating to other communications channels.
  • They say the star breaks into two or more self-gravitating parts that each develop their own event horizons.
  • So no viral thoughts or memes are magically gravitating together.
  • Instead, objects closer to the gravitating body are modeled as moving.
  • We do not understand quantum gravity well enough to write down a general formula for the entropy of a self-gravitating state.
  • Increasingly, artists from other media are gravitating to book arts.
  • He never pursued the ministry as a career, gravitating instead toward law and politics.
British Dictionary definitions for gravitating


verb (intransitive)
(physics) to move under the influence of gravity
usually foll by to or towards. to be influenced or drawn, as by strong impulses
to sink or settle
Derived Forms
gravitater, noun
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Word Origin and History for gravitating



1640s, "exert weight, move downward," from Modern Latin gravitatus, past participle of gravitare "gravitate," from Latin gravitas "heaviness, weight" (see gravity). Meaning "To be affected by gravity" is from 1690s. Figurative use from 1670s. Related: Gravitated; gravitating. The classical Latin verb was gravare "to make heavy, burden, oppress, aggravate."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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