levitate

verb
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 The country’s founder and Mr. Kim’s grandfather, Kim Il Sung , could levitate and turn pine cones into bullets and grenades while fighting Japan in World War II, state propaganda claimed. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Kim Jong Un’s New Look Is More Man Than Superhuman," 1 Oct. 2020 Characters can all levitate, so fights shift dynamically from on-ground to mid-air. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Spellbreak Conjures Up a Unique Spin on Battle Royale," 16 Sep. 2020 Since then, scientists have used vibrations to make liquids levitate in midair and to get air bubbles to sink rather than rise. Edd Gent, Science | AAAS, "Watch levitating upside-down boats flip the law of buoyancy," 2 Sep. 2020 However, as they are seen driving away, Harlan uses his new powers to levitate a toy, showing that Vanya didn't take away all of his power. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Why Harlan is a Big Key in What to Expect in "The Umbrella Academy" Season 3," 6 Aug. 2020 In 1967, the Yippies famously attempted to levitate the Pentagon. Daisy Alioto, Longreads, "House of the Century," 10 Aug. 2020 As Sissy drives away, Harlan can be seen using telekinesis to levitate a toy. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Breaking Down "The Umbrella Academy" Season 2's Crazy Ending," 7 Aug. 2020 Those guys could stop on a dime and turn it around and do anything, float through space and gyrate and levitate. Neil Genzlinger, BostonGlobe.com, "Andy González, prolific Latin jazz bassist, is dead at 69," 19 Apr. 2020 Those guys could stop on a dime and turn it around and do anything, float through space and gyrate and levitate. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Andy González, Prolific Latin Jazz Bassist, Is Dead at 69," 10 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of levitate

1673, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for levitate

levity

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14 Oct 2020

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“Levitate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/levitate. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for levitate

levitate

verb
How to pronounce levitate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of levitate

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

levitate

verb
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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