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gravitate to(ward) (someone or something)

To tend to move toward or show interest in some person, place, or thing, as if being pulled by a magnetic force. Teenagers always seem to gravitate to rebellious behavior—it's not something that's unique to your son. I just gravitate toward those kinds of artsy movies, I can't help it. The kids always seem to gravitate to Aunt Joan whenever the whole family gets together.
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gravitate to(ward) someone or something

Fig. to move slowly toward someone or something, as if being pulled by gravity. People tend to gravitate toward the kitchen at parties. Unless you correct their manners, the children will gravitate toward rude behavior.
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This inrush of gas also created millions of stars, which gravitated together in dense clusters.
Born and raised in midtown Manhattan, the son of professional jazz hoofers and teachers--his lather is Jo Jo Smith, his mother Sue Samuels--the youngster gravitated toward tap dancing after his older sister began taking lessons.
Given the overwhelming recent success of Ahtila in the footsteps of her American peers, it's interesting to consider how functional models of female hysteria have become, and for a wider spectrum of viewers than would ever have gravitated to what once was called "feminist art."
Art galleries, which once gravitated to former fringe neighborhoods such as West Chelsea and Soho have mostly been priced out of those areas in the past few years.
A former railroad town located halfway between New York City and Atlanta, it has long been a place to where local lesbians and gay men have gravitated, a place where they feel safe.
I just gravitated toward the game because I felt that I might be able to make more of a difference."
Like Pierson, the future prophet had originated in a rural childhood governed by strict Calvinist patriarchy, and had also gravitated, as a young artisan, toward the more gentle and feminized subculture of the new evangelicals.
True confession: I wanted to be a pro roller skater, so I gravitated right away to the GK pink outfit.
The couple shared a studio with Yvonne Rainer, and Morris gravitated toward composer La Monte Young (they'd been friendly in San Francisco).
In the late 70"' and early 80's, a younger, more educated population gravitated to the Upper West Side, leasing and purchasing pre-war apartments than were cheaper than those on the East Side.
New migrants gravitated toward relatives and fellow villagers who helped them to find jobs and housing and to adjust to urban life.
I have since gravitated back to running a commercial gallery (in New Delhi, India), but I seem to be the only one who has done so.
Not surprisingly, Flatiron's fashion retailers such as Club Monaco, Emporio Armani, Banana Republic and Kenneth Cole have gravitated to Flatiron's Fifth Avenue, while Broadway has emerged as a strong home furnishings street, as evidenced by Restoration Hardware, Portico, See and ABC Carpet & Home.
The study unfortunately doesn't explain why specific aristocratic middle class, and cultural elites gravitated to the ranks of Modern London Masonry and what specific Enlightenment ideas embodied in its ritualism seemed to be meaningful to these groups.