verb (used without object), lev·i·tat·ed, lev·i·tat·ing.
- to rise or float in the air, especially as a result of a supernatural power that overcomes gravity.
verb (used with object), lev·i·tat·ed, lev·i·tat·ing.
- to cause to rise or float in the air.
- to rise or cause to rise and float in the air, without visible agency, attributed, esp formerly, to supernatural causes
- (tr) med to support (a patient) on a cushion of air in the treatment of severe burns
v.1670s, “to rise by virtue of lightness,” from Latin levitas “lightness,” patterned in English on gravitate. Sense of “raise (a person) into the air” is mainly from spiritualism (1870s). Related: Levitated; levitating.