gravitate


gravitate
verb /ˈɡɹævɪteit/
a) To move under the force of gravity.

Theſe, who have natures ſteps with care purſued,<br />That matter is with ac&8205;tive force endued,<br />That all its parts magnetic power exert,<br />And to each other gravitate, aſſert.

b) To tend or drift towards someone or something, as though being pulled by gravity.

Children naturally gravitate to such a big, friendly man.


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