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levitate

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verb lev·i·tate \ˈle-və-ˌtāt\

Simple Definition of levitate

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of levitate

levitated

levitating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to rise or float in or as if in the air especially in seeming defiance of gravitation

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to cause to levitate

Examples of levitate in a sentence

  1. The woman levitated above the stage.

  2. The magician claimed he could levitate a car.



Origin and Etymology of levitate

levity


First Known Use: 1673


LEVITATE Defined for Kids

levitate

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verb lev·i·tate \ˈle-və-ˌtāt\

Definition of levitate for Students

levitated

levitating

  1. :  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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