Definition of levitate in English:

levitate

Line breaks: levi|tate
Pronunciation: /ˈlɛvɪteɪt
 
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verb

Rise or cause to rise and hover in the air, typically by means of supposed magical powers: [no object]: I swear to God he levitated over the bar [with object]: I focused on levitating the rucksack
More example sentences
  • What else is summer good for but using all of one's magical powers to levitate out of the city for as long as the sober judges of one's conscience will allow?
  • Maybe I'll be able to levitate after my mental powers have fully developed.
  • Coral heads, reef sharks and parrot fish shimmer beneath a plane of water so translucent, that a dinghy moored there not so much floats as levitates.
Synonyms
float, rise into the air, rise, hover, be suspended, glide, waft, drift, hang, defy gravity, fly, soar up

Origin

late 17th century: from Latin levis 'light', on the pattern of gravitate.

Derivatives

levitation

noun
More example sentences
  • Despite his deep-seated belief that this is an ascent that will not require powers of levitation, his battling instincts are mocked by the facts.
  • I suppose flying monks would actually have a lot more in common with the levitations of certain more Eastern religions.
  • We also fooled around with seances and levitation.

levitator

noun
More example sentences
  • One of the few systems of its kind in the United States, the levitator enables scientists to process materials in an environment with no contamination-causing containers.

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