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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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More banks are gravitating to Midtown: Wachovia, Atlantic, and Independence, all of which will be open very soon.
At the climax, they ran forward, pushing the fabric aside and gravitating toward each other in a lyrical dance of low lifts and close embraces.
And a lot of the subsequent movies about gay friends just didn't speak to me." Still, in capturing his own experience, Berlanti found himself gravitating toward yet another group portrait of a light-knit circle of friends: "I knew I wanted to show a group of friends, where one character is trying to break away and one character is just entering the group, Some of the characters are autobiographical--I had an on-again, off-again [romance] like the Howie character myself, But I really borrowed the design and structure from movies about straight friends like Parenthood, Breaking Away, Diner, and Hannah and Her Sisters."
Though relying exclusively on existing lighting conditions, Smith was master of light, gravitating to those building parts where the light source lay diagonally in front of him and not behind.
Whatever the reason - hero worship of major leaguers or a misguided sense of machismo - adolescents are gravitating toward spit tobacco in increasing numbers.
Okoebor explains, "We realized that he would be able to avoid some taxes and at the same time could create lasting wealth for his grandchildren." Furthermore, he says, more African Americans "are gravitating toward the intergenerational style of investing so that they can provide for their families in the long-term.
It was in 1958, after exhibiting in a few shows, that Tillim began gravitating toward figuration--a most untimely move.
With the increasing flexibility of telecommunications, mobile offices and the like, people are gravitating to more hospitable environs.
With my education in advertising, publication design, and packaging I was gravitating toward museum work, so it seemed natural to fuse my interests into an art gallery.