tr.v. lev·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.
2. To suspend in a liquid.
3. To make smooth; polish.
adj. (-gāt′, -gĭt)
[Latin lēvigāre, lēvigāt- : lēvis, smooth; see lei- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + agere, to make, do; see ag- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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