grav|i|tate «GRAV uh tayt», verb, -tat|ed, -tat|ing.
1. to move or tend to move toward a body by the force of gravity: »

The planets gravitate toward the sun.

2. to settle down; sink; fall: »

The sand and dirt in the water gravitated to the bottom of the bottle. Figurative. The market price…is continually gravitating (Adam Smith).

3. Figurative. to tend to go; be strongly attracted: »

The attention of the audience gravitated to the stage as the lights dimmed.

to cause to move downward by the force of gravity.
[< New Latin gravitare (with English -ate1), ultimately < Latin gravis heavy]
grav´i|tat´er, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • grav — grav·a·ta; grav·el·ish; grav·el·li·ness; grav·el·ly; grav·id; grav·i·da; grav·i·grade; grav·i·met·ric; grav·ing; grav·i·tate; grav·i·tat·er; grav·i·ta·tion; grav·i·ta·tion·al; grav·i·ta·tive; grav·i·tom·e·ter; in·grav·i·date; land·grav·ess;… …   English syllables

  • grav|i|tate — «GRAV uh tayt», verb, tat|ed, tat|ing. –v.i. 1. to move or tend to move toward a body by the force of gravity: »The planets gravitate toward the sun. 2. to settle down; sink; fall: » …   Useful english dictionary

  • tat — ae·gro·tat; ag·i·tat·ing·ly; at·ten·tat; ber·tat; co·mi·tat; dic·tat·ing·ly; dik·tat; ec·tat·ic; grav·i·tat·er; gut·tat·ed; hab·i·tat; hes·i·tat·er; hes·i·tat·ing·ly; ho·wei·tat; im·i·tat·ee; klick·i·tat; med·i·tat·ing·ly; med·i·tat·or;… …   English syllables

  • gravitater — grav·i·tat·er …   English syllables

  • gravitate — grav•i•tate [[t]ˈgræv ɪˌteɪt[/t]] v. i. tat•ed, tat•ing 1) phs to move under the influence of gravitational force 2) to tend toward the lowest level; sink 3) to be strongly attracted: to gravitate toward one another[/ex] • Etymology: 1635–45;… …   From formal English to slang

  • er — er·i·an·thus; er·ic; er·i·ca; er·i·ca·ce·ae; er·i·cad; er·i·ca·les; er·i·ce·tal; er·i·ce·tic·o·lous; er·i·coid; er·i·co·phyte; erig·er·on; er·i·glos·sa; er·ik·ite; er·i·na·ceous; er·i·na·ceus; er·in·ite; er·i·nose; er·i·o·bot·rya;… …   English syllables

  • gravitate — [grav′i tāt΄] vi. gravitated, gravitating [< ModL gravitatus, pp. of gravitare (coined by NEWTON2 Sir Isaac) < L gravitas: see GRAVITY] 1. to move or tend to move in accordance with the force of gravity 2. Rare to sink or settle …   English World dictionary

  • gravitative — [grav′i tāt΄iv] adj. 1. of or caused by gravitation 2. tending or causing to gravitate …   English World dictionary

  • gravitate — grav·i·tate grav ə .tāt vi, tat·ed; tat·ing to move under the influence of gravitation …   Medical dictionary

  • ÉTAT — Les définitions de l’État sont innombrables. Cette multiplicité tient à la diversité des points de vue auxquels se placent leurs auteurs. Le géographe identifie l’État à un territoire, le sociologue le confond avec le fait de la différenciation… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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