lev·​i·​gate | \ ˈle-və-ˌgāt How to pronounce levigate (audio) \
levigated; levigating

Definition of levigate

transitive verb

1 : polish, smooth
2a : to grind to a fine smooth powder while in moist condition
b : to separate (fine powder) from coarser material by suspending in a liquid

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levigation \ ˌle-​və-​ˈgā-​shən How to pronounce levigation (audio) \ noun

The Origin of Levigate

Levigate comes from Latin levigatus, the past participle of the verb levigare ("to make smooth"). Levigare is derived in part from levis, the Latin word for "smooth." Alleviate and levity can also be traced back to a Latin levis, and the levi- root in both words might suggest a close relationship with levigate. This is not the case, however. The Latin levis that gives us alleviate and levity does not mean "smooth," but "light" (in the sense of having little weight). One possible relative of levigate in English is oblivion, which comes from the Latin oblivisci ("to forget"), a word which may be a combination of ob- ("in the way") and the levis that means "smooth."

First Known Use of levigate

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for levigate

borrowed from Latin lēvigātus, past participle of lēvigāre "to make smooth," from lēvis "smooth, free from surface irregularity, of even consistency" + -igāre, causative and factitive suffix; lēvis perhaps going back to pre-Latin *lēiw-i-, going back to a u-stem adjective *lēi̯-u-, going back to Indo-European *leh1-u-, whence also, from a thematized *leh1iu̯o-, Greek leîos "smooth" — more at fumigate

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transitive verb
lev·​i·​gate | \ ˈlev-ə-ˌgāt How to pronounce levigate (audio) \
levigated; levigating

Medical Definition of levigate

: to grind to a fine smooth powder while in moist condition by first levigating the zinc oxide with a small amount of glycerin a smooth paste is obtainedArt of Compounding

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levigation \ ˌlev-​ə-​ˈgā-​shən How to pronounce levigation (audio) \ noun

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