transitive verb-·gat·ed, -·gat·ing
- to grind to a fine, smooth powder
- to separate the fine particles of (a substance) from its coarse particles by grinding it in water: the coarse particles settle to the bottom first, leaving the fine particles suspended
Origin of levigatefrom Classical Latin levigatus, past participle of levigare, to make smooth, polish from levis, smooth (see lime) + agere, to make (see act)
transitive verblev·i·gat·ed, lev·i·gat·ing, lev·i·gates
- a. To make into a smooth, fine powder or paste, as by grinding when moist.b. To separate fine particles from coarse by grinding in water.
- To suspend in a liquid.
- To make smooth; polish.
Origin of levigateLatin lēvigāre lēvigāt- lēvis smooth ; see lei- in Indo-European roots. agere to make, do ; see ag- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present levigates, present participle levigating, simple past and past participle levigated)
- To make smooth or polish.
- To make into a smooth paste or fine powder.
- To separate finer grains from coarser ones by suspension in a liquid.
- (rare) To lighten.
- (rare) To belittle
(comparative more levigate, superlative most levigate)
From levigatus, past participle of Latin levigo (“I smoothen").