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 Gracia seemed to levitate before falling backward to the turf, his legs helplessly in the air. Jere Longman New York Times, Star Tribune, 13 July 2021 Slender white columns raise the structure 5 feet 3 inches off the ground, and a broad flight of stairs, which seem to levitate as if by magnetism, connects it to the lawn below. New York Times, 2 Aug. 2021 But its stock caught the interest of small investors who traded on Robinhood, a mobile trading app, and the stock began to levitate. Roger Lowenstein, WSJ, 6 Sep. 2021 Gracia seemed to levitate before falling backward to the turf, his legs helplessly in the air. Jere Longman New York Times, Star Tribune, 13 July 2021 Gracia seemed to levitate before falling backward to the turf, his legs helplessly in the air. Jere Longman New York Times, Star Tribune, 13 July 2021 Gracia seemed to levitate before falling backward to the turf, his legs helplessly in the air. Jere Longman New York Times, Star Tribune, 13 July 2021 The technology uses electro-magnetic force to levitate the body of the vehicle less than two inches from the rails and propel it forward along the tracks. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 22 July 2021 Gracia seemed to levitate before falling backward to the turf, his legs helplessly in the air. Jere Longman New York Times, Star Tribune, 13 July 2021

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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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The first known use of levitate was in 1673

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27 Oct 2021

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“Levitate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/levitate. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for levitate

levitate

verb

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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