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levitate

verb lev·i·tate \ˈle-və-ˌtāt\

: to rise or make (something) rise into the air in a way that appears to be magical

lev·i·tat·edlev·i·tat·ing

Full Definition of LEVITATE

intransitive verb
:  to rise or float in or as if in the air especially in seeming defiance of gravitation
transitive verb
:  to cause to levitate
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Examples of LEVITATE

  1. The woman levitated above the stage.
  2. The magician claimed he could levitate a car.

Origin of LEVITATE

levity
First Known Use: 1673

Rhymes with LEVITATE

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LEVITATED Defined for Kids

levitate

verb lev·i·tate \ˈle-və-ˌtāt\
lev·i·tat·edlev·i·tat·ing

Definition of LEVITATE for Kids

:  to rise or make rise up in the air

Word Root of LEVITATE

The Latin word levis, meaning lightweight, gives us the root lev. Words from the Latin levis have something to do with being light in weight. To levitate is to be so light as to rise up into the air. To elevate is to lift something up to a higher level as if it is lightweight. A lever is a bar used to help lift something up by making it feel lighter than it is.

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