intr.v. grav·i·tat·ed, grav·i·tat·ing, grav·i·tates
1. To move in response to the force of gravity.
2. 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.
[New Latin gravitāre, gravitāt-, from Latin gravitās, heaviness; see GRAVITY.]
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