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levitate (be suspended, air)

Definition:

to be suspended in the air, as if in defiance of gravity

Class:

motion verb (walking, flying, swimming, etc.)

Related to:

levitation

Past tense:

levitated

Present participle:

levitating

3rd-person singular present:

levitates

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Followed by:

uprise

Usage example:

The guru claimed that he could levitate

Synonyms:

hover

Etymology:

"to rise by virtue of lightness", from Latin levitas "lightness", patterned in...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of levitate...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Levitation

the process by which an object is suspended by a physical force against gravity, in a stable position without solid physical contact. A number of different techniques have been developed to levitate matter, including the aerodynamic, magnetic,... (37 of 1012 words, 4 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Levitation

Collins Dictionary:

levitate | levitation [noun, derived]

to rise or cause to rise and float in the air, without visible agency, attributed, especially formerly, to supernatural causes | [transitive, ... (21 of 360 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/levitate

Oxford Dictionary:

levitate | levitation [derived] | levitator [derived]

rise or cause to rise and hover in the air, typically by means of supposed magical powers (17 of 72 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/levitate

Merriam-Webster:

levitate | levitated [past tense] | levitating [present participle]

to rise or float in or as if in the air especially in seeming defiance of gravitation | to cause to levitate (21 of 64 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/levitate

Macmillan British Dictionary:

levitate [intransitive/transitive] | levitated [past tense] | levitating [present participle] | levitates [3rd-person singular present] | levitation [noun, uncountable, related]

to rise and float in the air as if by magic, or to make something do this (17 of 50 words, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/levitate

New World Dictionary:

levitate | levitatated [past tense] | levitatating [present participle] | levitator [noun, related]

to cause to rise and float in the air | to rise and float in the air because of, or as if because of, lightness and buoyancy (26 of 44 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/levitate

American Heritage Dictionary:

levitate | levitated [past tense] | levitating [present participle] | levitates [3rd-person singular present] | levitation [noun, related] | levitational [adjective, related] | levitator [noun, related]

To rise or cause to rise into the air and float in apparent defiance of gravity. (16 of 41 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/levitate

Random House Dictionary:

levitate | levitatated [past tense] | levitatating [present participle]

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. (27 of 36 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/levitate

Wiktionary:

levitate | levitated [past tense] | levitating [present participle] | levitates [3rd-person singular present]

[transitive] To cause to rise in the air and float, as if in defiance of gravity. | [intransitive] To be suspended in the air, as if in defiance of gravity. (29 of 35 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/levitate

Cambridge Dictionary:

levitate | levitation [noun, derived]

to (cause to) rise and float in the air without any physical support (13 of 24 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/levitate

Britannica Encyclopedia:

levitation

rising of a human body off the ground, in apparent defiance of the law of gravity. The term designates such alleged occurrences in the lives of saints ... (27 of 123 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/337992​/levitation

Columbia Encyclopedia:

levitation

the raising of a human or other body in the air without mechanical aid. The idea is ancient; holy men, both pagan and Christian, were reputed to have ... (28 of 72 words, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0829582​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

levitate | levitated [past tense] | levitating [present participle] | levitates [3rd-person singular present]

to rise and float in the air, or make something rise and float in the air, seemingly in defiance of gravity | to support a patient on a cushion of air ... (30 of 90 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861696403​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

levitate

First use: 1670s

Origin: "to rise by virtue of lightness", from Latin levitas "lightness", patterned in English on "gravitate". Sense of "raise (a person) into the air" ... (24 of 29 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=levitate

Oxford Dictionary:

levitate

First use: late 17th century

Origin: Latin levis "light", on the pattern of gravitate

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/levitate

American Heritage Dictionary:

levitate | levitated [past tense] | levitating [present participle] | levitates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: From Latin levis, light (on the model of "gravitate"); see "levity".

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Collins Dictionary:

levitate

First use: 17th century

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

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/levitate

Wiktionary:

levitate | levitated [past tense] | levitating [present participle] | levitates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin levō ("I elevate, I lift up"), from levis ("light").

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Merriam-Webster:

levitate

First use: 1564

Origin: Latin levitat-, levitas, from levis light in weight

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/levitate

New World Dictionary:

levitate | levitatated [past tense] | levitatating [present participle]

Origin: Latin levis, "light" by analogy with "gravitate"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/levitate

Encarta Dictionary:

levitate | levitated [past tense] | levitating [present participle] | levitates [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Late 17th century

Origin: Latin levis "light (in weight)", after gravitate

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861696403​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

levitate

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "levitate"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

levitate [intransitive/transitive] | levitated [past tense] | levitating [present participle] | levitates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "levitate"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/levitate

Macmillan American Dictionary:

levitate [intransitive/transitive] | levitated [past tense] | levitating [present participle] | levitates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "levitate"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/levitate

Cambridge Dictionary:

levitate

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "levitate"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "levitate"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/levitate

the Free Dictionary:

levitate

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "levitate"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "levitate"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "levitate" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

levitate | levitated [past tense] | levitating [present participle] | levitates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "levitate"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

levitate

Audio: North American pronunciation of "levitate"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=levita​01 word=levitate

YourDictionary Audio:

levitate

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "levitate" by speech synthesizer

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