Vocabulary Lesson 5

Kennedy Nicholls

In "Harry Potter," the spell wingardium leviosa is used to ___________ objects in the air.

levitate

transitive and intransitive verb

to rise or float, or cause to rise, seemingly despite gravity

Other Forms

levitation-noun

Roots

levis- light (in weight)

Word Origin and History

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).

Synonyms

float

fly

drift

hover

rise

soar

Antonyms

grounded

land

tethered

tied down

held down

Choose the sentence in which the form of the word in bold-faced type is used incorrectly.

a) In order to levitate someone in the game light as a feather stiff as a board, everyone must remain very concentrated.

b) When Dorothy went to see the Wizard of Oz, rather than a man, she found a giant levitation head.

c) The magician did not actually levitate the girl into the air, but instead used legerdemain to make it appear like he had.

d) In movies dealing with ghosts, someone is often levitated in the air.

Answer

b- the form of the word used should be levitating not levitation