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.

1665–75; levit(y) + -ate1, modeled on gravitate

levitator, noun
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levitate (ˈlɛvɪˌteɪt)
1.  to rise or cause to rise and float in the air, without visible agency, attributed, esp formerly, to supernatural causes
2.  (tr) med to support (a patient) on a cushion of air in the treatment of severe burns
[C17: from Latin levis light + -tate, as in gravitate]

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Word Origin & History

1670s, "to rise by virtue of lightness," from L. levitas "lightness," patterned in English on gravitate. Sense of "raise (a person) into the air" is mainly from spiritualism (1870s).
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Example sentences
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.
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