Levitate: Meaning and Usage in a Sentence

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In this post, you’ll learn the word ‘levitate’ and its meaning.

If you levitate, you rise in the air without any physical support or force.

In order to levitate, you have to be an astronaut or a magician (whatever you prefer).

Astronauts levitate while in space. They levitate because there’s no gravity there. We can also say that they float in weightlessness.


Magicians can levitate things in the air.

Birds can levitate in the air without moving their wings but it’s different from flying when they wave their wings.

Levitate: Meaning in Dua Lipa’s Song

I came across ‘levitate’ in Dua Lipa’s song ‘Levitating’.

She sings about meeting someone special and inviting him for a “ride in the galaxy.” She’s so happy that she’s levitating. So Dua Lipa uses the word ‘levitate’ in a figurative rather than a literal way.

Here’s the line:
You want me, I want you, baby
My sugarboo, I’m levitating
The Milky Way is liberating
Yeah, yeah, yeah

At the same time, if you watch the video, you’ll see that cosmic theme present there. She levitates and travels in space.

Here some other examples with levitate:

  • The woman levitated above the stage.
  • The magician claimed he could levitate a car.
  • 5 Times Dua Lipa made us ‘Levitate’ with her sparkly outfits. * (see the full article below)
  • An oil-coated belt run like a vertical treadmill can levitate a cylinder held next to it.* (see the article below)

Float, hover, hang, and drift are synonyms for levitate.

There’s also a noun – ‘levitation’. It’s the act of rising and floating, or making someone rise or float, in the air without any physical support.

Would you like to levitate some day? Let me know in the comments.

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Additional resources for ‘levitate’:

levitate meaning in Cambridge dictionary
levitate meaning in Merriam Webster
Levitation meaning in Cambridge dictionary
levitate in the context on Youglish

5 Times Dua Lipa made us ‘Levitate’ with her sparkly outfits
How does a cylinder levitate? Scientists explain the maths behind the magic

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