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lĕvo , āvi, ātum, 1 (old form of
I.fut. perf. levasso, Enn. ap. Cic. de Sen. 1), v. a. 1. levis, to lift up, raise, elevate (syn.: extollo, erigo).
B. Transf.
1. To make lighter, lighten, to relieve, ease: cantantes ut eamus, ego te fasce levabo, Verg. E. 9, 65: “serpentum colla levavit,” i. e. alighted from the dragon-car, Ov. M. 8, 798: “dentes,to clean the teeth, Mart. 14, 22: “vesicam,Spart. Carac. 7: “jactatur rerum utilium pars maxima, sed nec damna levant,do not lighten the ship, Juv. 12, 53.—
2. To take away, take: “furcā levat ille bicorni sordida terga suis,takes down, Ov. M. 8, 647: “alicui manicas atque arcta Vincla,Verg. A. 2, 146: “tributum,to raise, levy, Dig. 50, 15, 4, § 2.—
II. Trop., to lighten, relieve, console, refresh, support a person or thing with any thing (freq. and class.). —Of a personal object: “non nihil enim me levant tuae litterae hoc tempore,Cic. Att. 11, 8, 1.—Of things as objects: O Tite, si quid te adjuero curamve levasso, Enn. ap. Cic. de Sen. 1 (Ann. v. 339 Vahl.); so, “auxilio viros,Verg. A. 2, 452; 4, 538: “curam et angorem animi sermone et consilio,Cic. Att. 1, 18, 1: “molestias,id. Fam. 4, 3, 2: “fonte sitim,to slake, Ov. Tr. 4, 8, 26: “arida ora aqua,to refresh, id. R. Am. 230; so, “membra gramine,id. F. 6, 328.— Pass.: “levantur tamen miserae civitates, quod nullus fit sumptus in nos,Cic. Att. 5, 16, 3.—
B. Transf.
2. To lessen, diminish, weaken, impair: cave lassitudo poplitum cursum levet, Att. ap. Non. 336, 29: “laudem alicujus,id. ib. 31: “inconstantiā levatur auctoritas,Cic. Ac. 2, 22, 69: “multa fidem promissa levant,Hor. Ep. 2, 2, 10.—
3. To relieve, release, discharge, free from any thing.
(β). With gen.: “ut me omnium jam laborum levas,Plaut. Rud. 1, 4, 27.—
4. To avert: “omen,Verg. A. 3, 36: “ictum dextra,Hor. C. 2, 17, 28.
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