verb (-tated; -tating) Etymology: levity Date: 1673 intransitive verb to rise or float in or as if in the air especially in seeming defiance of gravitation transitive verb to cause to levitate

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  • Levitate — Lev i*tate, v. t. (Spiritualism) To make buoyant; to cause to float in the air; as, to levitate a table. [Cant] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Levitate — Lev i*tate (l[e^]v [i^]*t[=a]t), v. i. [L. levitas, atis, lightness. See {Levity}.] To rise, or tend to rise, as if lighter than the surrounding medium; to become buoyant; opposed to {gravitate}. Sir. J. Herschel. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • levitate — (v.) 1670s, to rise by virtue of lightness, from L. levitas lightness, patterned in English on GRAVITATE (Cf. gravitate). Sense of raise (a person) into the air is mainly from spiritualism (1870s). Related: Levitated; levitating …   Etymology dictionary

  • levitate — *rise, arise, ascend, mount, soar, tower, rocket, surge Antonyms: gravitate, sink …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • levitate — [v] rise into the air be suspended, defy gravity, drift, float, fly, hang, hover, rise, soar; concept 154 …   New thesaurus

  • levitate — ► VERB ▪ rise or cause to rise and hover in the air. DERIVATIVES levitation noun. ORIGIN from Latin levis light …   English terms dictionary

  • levitate — [lev′ə tāt΄] vt. levitated, levitating [< L levis, LIGHT2 by analogy with GRAVITATE] to cause to rise and float in the air vi. to rise and float in the air because of, or as if because of, lightness and buoyancy levitator n …   English World dictionary

  • Levitate — У этого термина существуют и другие значения, см. Levitate (значения). Levitate …   Википедия

  • levitate — [[t]le̱vɪteɪt[/t]] levitates, levitating, levitated VERB If someone or something levitates, they appear to rise and float in the air without any support from other people or objects. He has claimed he can levitate... [V n] Nina can, apparently,… …   English dictionary

  • levitate — UK [ˈlevɪteɪt] / US [ˈlevɪˌteɪt] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms levitate : present tense I/you/we/they levitate he/she/it levitates present participle levitating past tense levitated past participle levitated to rise and float in the… …   English dictionary

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