intransitive verb-·tat·ed, -·tat·ing
- 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 gravitatefrom 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 become lower in value or amount: Prices gravitated downward in the stock market.
- a. To move toward someone or something: The students gravitated toward the lunch room just before noon.b. To be attracted toward something or someone perceived as congenial, desirable, or useful: People gravitate toward websites that share their views.
Origin of gravitateNew Latin gravitāre gravitāt- from Latin gravitās heaviness ; see gravity.
(third-person singular simple present gravitates, present participle gravitating, simple past and past participle gravitated)