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gravity (noun) the force with which the earth attracts all objects to it; (of a situation, a person's behavior, etc.,) seriousness.
The force with which earth attracts all objects towards it is gravity. The extreme and worrying seriousness of a situation is the gravity of the situation. 'The gravity of the situation did not let him sleep that night.' This means that the situation was so seriously worrying as not to let him sleep. The gravity of a person's behavior is seen in their serious behavior. A person speaks with gravity if they speak with seriousness. Every word of theirs is meant to be heard seriously.
- Just a child of five years' age, he was too young to understand the gravity of the situation caused by his father's severe losses in business, and the seriousness of the poverty staring at them.
- The gravity of the situation was such that he had to be very stern with the employees, as the work had to be got done in just twelve hours.