lev·i·tate | \ˈle-və-ˌtāt \
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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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 Backlit by a bewitching blend of blue and soft yellow, the crucifix seems to levitate. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Shesus’ lives — and rocks — in Ray of Light’s ‘Superstar’," 19 May 2018 Ultron recruits Quicksilver—who is super fast—and Scarlett Witch—who has vague, ever-changing mind control and levitating powers. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Avengers: Infinity War Is Almost Here. Here’s What to Know About the Marvel Cinematic Universe Before You Go," 23 Apr. 2018 The finished volume is a funky panoply of arabesques, polygons and polyhedra, a fantasy of spikes, spines and spires, left levitating in white space or emerging spectrally from backgrounds dark as night. Christoph Irmscher, WSJ, "‘The Art and Science of Ernst Haeckel’ Review: The Zoologist as Artist," 13 Apr. 2018 But, in person, Flyte demonstrates where all of these levitating products go wrong. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Levitating gadgets will disappoint you," 12 Apr. 2018 In García Márquez’s novels angels fall to Earth and become carnival attractions, magic carpets fly and priests levitate. Laignee Barron, Time, "Today is Gabriel García Márquez's 91st Birthday. What to Know About the Master of Magical Realism," 6 Mar. 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 \
levitated; levitating

Kids Definition of levitate

: to rise or make rise up in the air

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