[ lev-i-teyt ]
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verb (used without object),lev·i·tat·ed, lev·i·tat·ing.
  1. 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.
  1. to cause to rise or float in the air.

Origin of levitate

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

Other words from levitate

  • lev·i·ta·tor, noun

Words Nearby levitate

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British Dictionary definitions for 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

Origin of levitate

C17: from Latin levis light + -tate, as in gravitate

Derived forms of levitate

  • levitation, noun
  • levitator, noun

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