grav|i|tate

grav|i|tate
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: »

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.

–v.t.
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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