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[lev-i-teyt] /ˈlɛv ɪˌteɪt/
verb (used without object), levitated, levitating.
to rise or float in the air, especially as a result of a supernatural power that overcomes gravity.
verb (used with object), levitated, levitating.
to cause to rise or float in the air.
Origin of levitate
1665-75; levit(y) + -ate1, modeled on gravitate
Related forms
levitator, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for levitate
  • The interaction between this field and the permanent magnets from which the robot is constructed allows it to levitate.
  • They appear to levitate from one side of the road to the other.
  • The magnet, therefore, will not levitate as high as one introduced after the superconductive state has been obtained.
  • For centuries, magicians have used scientific principles to make people levitate in mid-air and vanish in the blink of an eye.
  • Water flows in the bottom through the perforated plate at a rate to gently levitate the eggs before exiting at the top.
British Dictionary definitions for levitate


to rise or cause to rise and float in the air, without visible agency, attributed, esp formerly, to supernatural causes
(transitive) (med) to support (a patient) on a cushion of air in the treatment of severe burns
Derived Forms
levitation, noun
levitator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin levis light + -tate, as in gravitate
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Word Origin and History for levitate

1670s, "to rise by virtue of lightness," from Latin levitas "lightness," patterned in English on gravitate. Sense of "raise (a person) into the air" is mainly from spiritualism (1870s). Related: Levitated; levitating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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