- 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 levigate; from 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 l&emacron;vigare, l&emacron;vigat- : l&emacron;vis, 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").