gravitate

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Back-formation from gravitation. Or borrowed from New Latin gravito, gravitatus.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡɹævɪteit/
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  • Hyphenation: grav‧i‧tate

VerbEdit

gravitate (third-person singular simple present gravitates, present participle gravitating, simple past and past participle gravitated)

  1. (intransitive, astrophysics) To move under the force of gravity.
    • 1712, Sir Richard Blackmore, Creation; a philosophical poem in seven books, book II:
      Theſe, who have nature's ſteps with care purſued,
      That matter is with ac‍tive force endued,
      That all its parts magnetic power exert,
      And to each other gravitate, aſſert.
  2. (intransitive, figuratively) To tend or drift towards someone or something, as though being pulled by gravity.
    Children naturally gravitate to such a big, friendly man.
    • 1776, Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations:
      The natural price, therefore, is, as it were, the central price, to which the prices of all commodities are continually gravitating.
    • 1923, Elbert Hubbard, "J.B. Runs Things":
      Responsibilities gravitate to the person who can shoulder them.
    • 1940 May, “The Irish Railways Today”, in Railway Magazine, page 296:
      A considerable amount of new rolling stock has been built for the main line services during recent years, and the older stock has gravitated to the secondary and branch lines.

TranslationsEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  • gravitate in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • gravitate at OneLook Dictionary Search

ItalianEdit

VerbEdit

gravitate

  1. inflection of gravitare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative
  2. feminine plural of gravitato

AnagramsEdit


LatinEdit

NounEdit

gravitāte

  1. ablative singular of gravitās

RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French gravité, Latin gravitas, gravitatem; equivalent to grav +‎ -itate. Compare greutate, possibly an inherited doublet.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

gravitate f (uncountable)

  1. gravity, seriousness, graveness

DeclensionEdit

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