Etymology
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levitate (v.)

1670s, "to rise by virtue of lightness" (intransitive), from Latin levitas "lightness," on the model of gravitate (compare levity). Transitive sense of "raise (a person) into the air, cause to become buoyant" (1870s) is mainly from spiritualism. Related: Levitated; levitating.

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Definitions of levitate

levitate (v.)
cause to rise in the air and float, as if in defiance of gravity;
The magician levitated the woman
levitate (v.)
be suspended in the air, as if in defiance of gravity;
The guru claimed that he could levitate
Synonyms: hover
From wordnet.princeton.edu