UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈlɛvɪ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈlɛvi/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(levē for 1; levē, le vē for 2)

Inflections of 'levee' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
lev•ee1 /ˈlɛvi/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
    pl.  -ees. 
  1. Civil Engineeringa mound, bank, or other raised area designed to prevent the flooding of a river.
  2. Geologya landing place for ships.
See -lev-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
lev•ee1  (levē),USA pronunciation n., v.,  lev•eed, lev•ee•ing. 
  1. Civil Engineeringan embankment designed to prevent the flooding of a river.
  2. GeologySee  natural levee. 
  3. Agricultureone of the small continuous ridges surrounding fields that are to be irrigated.
  4. World History[Hist.]a landing place for ships;

  1. Civil Engineeringto furnish with a levee:to levee a treacherous stream.
  • Medieval Latin levāta embankment, noun, nominal use of feminine past participle of Latin levāre to raise, origin, originally lighten, akin to levis light, not heavy
  • French levée
  • 1710–20, American.

lev•ee2  (levē, le vē),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. World History(in Great Britain) a public court assembly, held in the early afternoon, at which men only are received.
  2. World Historya reception, usually in someone's honor:a presidential levee at the White House.
  3. World History[Hist.]a reception of visitors held on rising from bed, as formerly by a royal or other personage.
  • Latin levāre to raise; see levee1
  • French levé, variant spelling, spelled of lever rising (noun, nominal use of infinitive)
  • 1665–75

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
levee /ˈlɛvɪ/ n US
  1. an embankment alongside a river, produced naturally by sedimentation or constructed by man to prevent flooding
  2. an embankment that surrounds a field that is to be irrigated
  3. a landing place on a river; quay
Etymology: 18th Century: from French, from Medieval Latin levāta, from Latin levāre to raise
levee /ˈlɛvɪ; ˈlɛveɪ/ n
  1. a formal reception held by a sovereign just after rising from bed
  2. (in Britain) a public court reception for men, held in the early afternoon
Etymology: 17th Century: from French, variant of lever a rising, from Latin levāre to raise
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