levitate

verb lev·i·tate \ ˈle-və-ˌtāt \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of levitate

levitated; levitating
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

  1. The woman levitated above the stage.

  2. The magician claimed he could levitate a car.

Recent Examples of levitate from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'levitate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of levitate

levity


LEVITATE Defined for English Language Learners

levitate

verb

Definition of levitate for English Language Learners

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


LEVITATE Defined for Kids

levitate

verb lev·i·tate \ ˈle-və-ˌtāt \

Definition of levitate for Students

levitated; levitating
:to rise or make rise up in the air

Word Root of levitate

The Latin word levis, meaning “lightweight,” gives us the root lev. Words from the Latin levis have something to do with being light in weight. To levitate is to be so light as to rise up into the air. To elevate is to lift something up to a higher level as if it is lightweight. A lever is a bar used to help lift something up by making it feel lighter than it is.


Learn More about levitate


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up levitate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

marked by intense feeling

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!