levitate

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verb lev·i·tate \ˈle-və-ˌtāt\

Definition of levitate

levitated

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levitating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to rise or float in or as if in the air especially in seeming defiance of gravitation

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  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.

Origin and Etymology of levitate

levity


First Known Use: 1673


LEVITATE Defined for English Language Learners

levitate

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verb lev·i·tate \ˈle-və-ˌtāt\

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

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verb lev·i·tate \ˈle-və-ˌtāt\

Definition of levitate for Students

levitated

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levitating

  1. :  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.

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