- to rise or float in the air, especially as a result of a supernatural power that overcomes gravity.
- to cause to rise or float in the air.
Origin of levitate
Examples from the Web for levitate
Contemporary Examples of levitate
His body appears to levitate—his left foot is off the ground.
“I can levitate,” he says, and he tries to get up from the couch, but he cannot.
One family “watched as the heavy wooden bedroom dresser eerily began to levitate a few inches off the floor.”A Night with The Conjuring’s Ed & Lorraine Warren
August 18, 2013
Matilda wins through her intelligence and a blossoming superpower to levitate objects with her mind.‘Matilda’ Star Mara Wilson Reviews ‘Matilda the Musical’
April 16, 2013
In private, they lift their eyes toward the ceiling when the Americans and Israelis levitate about an Iranian nuclear weapon.Why Our Nuke Policy Doesn't Work
Leslie H. Gelb
May 20, 2010
Historical Examples of levitate
There were supposed to be men who could levitate—fly through the air at will.The Penal Cluster
Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
My body seemed to be of ethereal substance, ready to levitate.Autobiography of a YOGI
He looked at the buttons on the dash, wondering which would make it levitate.Pursuit
Lester del Rey
My rat cannot levitate cheese-crumbs weighing more than 1.7 grams.The Leader
William Fitzgerald Jenkins (AKA Murray Leinster)
I did not levitate, because the feebleness of her call indicated she might be hurt and on the ground.Lonesome Hearts
Russell Robert Winterbotham
- 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
Word Origin 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.