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lēvo (laevo ), āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. 2. levis, make smooth, to smooth, polish.
I. Lit.: “levare ac radere tigna,Lucr. 5, 1267: corpus, * Cic. Fragm. Or. in Clod. et Cur. 5; Cels. 8, 3: “magni levatique mensarum orbes,Sen. Helv. 11, 6: “mensas,Stat. Th. 1, 519.—
II. Trop., of speech, to smooth down, polish, soften: “nimis aspera sano Levabit cultu,Hor. Ep. 2, 2, 123.—Hence, P. a.: lēvātus , a, um; comp.: “quae levatiora levioraque sunt,more highly polished, Gell. 17, 8, 15.
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