In science, gravitate means to move under the influence of gravity; to move in response to the force of gravity; or to be attracted by or as if by an irresistible force. [1]

The term dates to at least 1692, deriving from the New Latin gravitātus (ptp. of gravitāre; which seems to corroborate with its usage coming into existence following the publication of Isaac Newton’s 1686 Principia. Usages include: “youngsters gravitate toward a strong leader” (Rose Friedman), “musicians gravitate toward one another”, etc.

In 2007, American chemical engineer Libb Thims updated the outdated Newtonian-view that gravity is what draws like people together to explain that, in a correct modern sense, it is the electromagnetic force that draws people together, and that the expression "certain people naturally electromagnetate towards each other" is the more-correct or way of saying things, over that of "certain people naturally gravitate towards each other"; although, to note, gravity does play a role in bringing together two human molecules in reaction in many overall-governing ways, e.g. controlling day light hours, controlling the female menstrual cycle, augmenting the moods of people, e.g. people drink 25 percent less alcohol during a full moon. [2]

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2. Thims, Libb. (2007). Human Chemistry (Volume Two) (electromagnetate, pgs. 422, 460, 539). . Morrisville, NC: LuLu.

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