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.

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  • levitate — 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 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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