- to move or tend to move in accordance with the force of gravity
- Rare to sink or settle
- to be attracted or tend to move (toward something or someone)
Origin of gravitate; from Modern Latin gravitatus, past participle of gravitare (coined by Sir Isaac Newton) ; from Classical Latin gravitas: see gravity
to cause to gravitate
intransitive verbgrav·i·tat·ed, grav·i·tat·ing, grav·i·tates
- To move in response to the force of gravity.
- To move downward.
- To be attracted by or as if by an irresistible force: “My excuse must be that all Celts gravitate towards each other” (Oscar Wilde).
Origin of gravitateNew Latin gravitare, gravitat-, from Latin gravitas, heaviness; see gravity.
(third-person singular simple present gravitates, present participle gravitating, simple past and past participle gravitated)