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.
Recent Examples on the Web Rebecca appears to levitate from her bedroom dripping in a new upstart design house called Gucci. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 May 2022 Apple-Man is a satire about a superhero who can levitate apples. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Feb. 2022 After that, the panel is up and ready to go, almost appearing to levitate above the stand like some sort of alien technology. Mitch Wallace, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 Physicists have known how to levitate water for more than 260 years. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 10 Feb. 2022 The catch: there's a much higher critical temperature that must be achieved before the ice disk will levitate. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 21 Jan. 2022 While producers keep looking for new ways to plow through obstacles, Joeboy prefers to levitate over them. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, 16 Dec. 2021 Gracia seemed to levitate before falling backward to the turf, his legs helplessly in the air. Jere Longman New York Times, Star Tribune, 13 July 2021 Slender white columns raise the structure 5 feet 3 inches off the ground, and a broad flight of stairs, which seem to levitate as if by magnetism, connects it to the lawn below. New York Times, 2 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of levitate

1673, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Levitate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/levitate. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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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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