Definition of levitate
: to rise or float in or as if in the air especially in seeming defiance of gravitation
: 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 of levitate from the Web
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology grad student earned some notice last year for the ZeroN, a levitating 3-D ball that can record and replay how it is moved around by a user.
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Origin and Etymology of levitate
First Known Use: 1673See Words from the same year
LEVITATE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of levitate for Students
: 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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