lev·​i·​tate | \ ˈle-və-ˌtāt How to pronounce levitate (audio) \
levitated; levitating

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

Examples of levitate in a Sentence

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

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One corner of the exhibition offers yet more context: The Design Fictions section showcases a 1947 flying car, a midcentury levitating concept car, a 1960s car with a desk inside, and a 1963 one-piece fiberglass car. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The future of urban mobility will be shaped by these six issues," 18 Dec. 2018 So is the future going to include levitating autonomous vehicles, drones hovering overhead, and offices that come to you? Diana Budds, Curbed, "The future of urban mobility will be shaped by these six issues," 18 Dec. 2018 Even with the visual, the chiropractor's little model seems to be levitating next to her! Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "A Chiropractor Just Explained How to Carry a Car Seat Without Back Pain," 26 June 2017 But creating a system that would constantly filter out air would be difficult, and the amount of electricity required to magnetically levitate pods made the venture too expensive. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "A quick guide to hyperloops, Richard Branson’s latest boondoggle," 12 Oct. 2018 Ammons and Campbell said the 12-year-old was levitating above the bed, unconscious. Marisa Kwiatkowski, Indianapolis Star, "The exorcisms of Latoya Ammons," 25 Jan. 2014 The helicopter will attempt to fly through the Martian air to see if vehicles can even levitate on Mars, where the atmosphere is 100 times thinner than that of Earth. Loren Grush, The Verge, "The Mars Helicopter is happening, y’all," 11 May 2018 The Dome, contrary to prediction, didn’t actually levitate from all the love being ladled around. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "The story of the 15-year-old guru who came to the Astrodome to save the world," 12 Apr. 2018 The main wing, a modified glass box, overhangs the foundation and appears to levitate. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "They didn't have the highest bid for dream home, but a simple letter sealed the deal," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of levitate

1673, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of levitate

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


lev·​i·​tate | \ ˈle-və-ˌtāt How to pronounce levitate (audio) \
levitated; levitating

Kids Definition of levitate

: to rise or make rise up in the air

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