[ 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.

Origin of levitate

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


lev·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 forms of levitate

levitation, nounlevitator, noun

Word Origin for levitate

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