One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Reduce (a substance) to a fine powder or smooth paste.
mash, purée, cream, crush, press, smash, liquidize, liquefy, sieve, shred, squash, pound, beat, macerate, mill, grind, mince, soften, mangleView synonyms
- ‘Eighteen cars broke the qualifying record at Lowe's Motor Speedway after the track was levigated, but the grinding of the surface led to problems involving holes in the pavement.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin levigat- ‘made smooth, polished’, from the verb levigare, from levis ‘smooth’.
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