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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Stand-out vehicles PW and VD levitate their way out of a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport after driving off a cliff (rad). Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, "What I learned about cars watching all 8 Fast & Furious movies in 4 days," 2 Aug. 2019 Audience members watched in awe as Copperfield worked his magic on two seemingly ordinary cardboard boxes, levitating and spinning them until, in the blink of an eye, out popped—a man? Maddie Burakoff, Smithsonian, "David Copperfield Welcomes New Citizens With a Magic Show and a History Lesson," 14 June 2019 An artificial Robobee, the size of a honeybee that is powered by solar cells, is about to levitate. Wendy Moonan, Smithsonian, "How Biology Inspires Future Technology," 27 Aug. 2019 The reputation of the food has been mediocre at best over the years; Fullilove now aims to make taste buds levitate. Los Angeles Times, "The one place in Los Angeles to buy the best yogurt in America," 27 July 2019 Aboard the Edge is a Magic Carpet, a 90-ton platform that levitates up and down the side of the ship. CBS News, "Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Cruises' brand-new, billion-dollar cruise ship," 28 July 2019 As Eilish's voice soared over Finneas' elegant guitar strums, the bed levitated over the stage in front of a starry backdrop. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Billie Eilish nothing short of mind blowing at Milwaukee's Summerfest, the biggest show of her career," 6 July 2019 Last year at the University of Bristol, scientists levitated spiders with electricity. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "The Origins of Flight, From Birds to Bugs to Planes," 21 June 2019 In a new paper published in today's edition of Science, researchers show that the Casimir effect can also be repulsive and use the balance between attractive and repulsive forces to cause a tiny flake of metal to levitate above a surface. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers balance Casimir effects, make tiny hoverboard," 6 June 2019

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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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