[ lev-i-teyt ]
/ ˈlɛv ɪˌteɪt /

verb (used without object), lev·i·tat·ed, lev·i·tat·ing.

to rise or float in the air, especially as a result of a supernatural power that overcomes gravity.

verb (used with object), lev·i·tat·ed, lev·i·tat·ing.

to cause to rise or float in the air.

Nearby words

  1. levine, jack,
  2. levine, james,
  3. levirate,
  4. leviratic,
  5. levis,
  6. levitation,
  7. levite,
  8. leviter,
  9. levites,
  10. levitical

Origin of levitate

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

Related formslev·i·ta·tor, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for levitate


/ (ˈlɛvɪˌteɪt) /


to rise or cause to rise and float in the air, without visible agency, attributed, esp formerly, to supernatural causes
(tr) med to support (a patient) on a cushion of air in the treatment of severe burns
Derived Formslevitation, nounlevitator, noun

Word Origin for levitate

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.

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