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  1. lev·el
    IPA[ˈlevəl]
  2. noun

    • 1. a horizontal plane or line with respect to the distance above or below a given point:

      the front garden is on a level with this floor
    • 2. a height or distance from the ground or another stated or understood base:

      storms caused river levels to rise
      Synonym : height, highness, altitude, elevation, distance upward
    • 3. a floor within a multistory building.

      Synonym : floor, story, tier, deck
    • 4. a position on a real or imaginary scale of amount, quantity, extent, or quality:

      a high level of unemployment debt rose to unprecedented levels
    • 5. a social, moral, or intellectual standard:

      at six he could play chess at an advanced level
    • 6. a position in a real or notional hierarchy:

      a fairly junior level of management
      Synonym : rank, standing, status, position, echelon, station, degree, grade, gradation, stage, standard, rung, point, mark, step, class, stratum, group, grouping, set, classification, level of achievement, degree of competence
    • 7. (in a video game) each of a series of stages of increasing difficulty through which a player may progress, completing one stage in order to reach the next:

      I've now reached level 106 on Candy Crush Saga
    • 8. (especially in a role-playing game) each of a number of steps in the development of a character, who progressively acquires enhanced skills and abilities within the game as the player advances by completing tasks and earning points:

      you can easily take a character to level 20 in less than 15 hours and finish the campaign
    • 9. a device consisting of a sealed glass tube partially filled with alcohol or other liquid, containing an air bubble whose position reveals whether a surface is perfectly level or plumb.

    • 10. an instrument for giving a horizontal line of sight.

    • 11. a flat tract of land:

      flooded levels

    adjective

    • 1. having a flat and even surface without slopes or bumps:

      we had reached level ground
      Synonym : flat, smooth, even, uniform, plane, flush, plumb, regular, true, (as) flat as a pancake, perfectly horizontal, perfectly vertical
    • 2. (of a quantity of a dry substance) with the contents not rising above the brim of the measure:

      a level teaspoon of salt
    • 3. at the same height as someone or something else:

      his eyes were level with hers
      Synonym : aligned, on the same level as, on a level, at the same height as, in line, balanced, abreast, side by side
    • 4. having the same relative position; not in front of or behind:

      the car braked suddenly, then backed rapidly until it was level with me
      Synonym : aligned, on the same level as, on a level, at the same height as, in line, balanced, abreast, side by side
    • 5. having the same position or score in a contest:

      the two teams finished level on points
      Synonym : equal, even, drawn, tied, balanced, all square, on a level, in a position of equality, close together, neck and neck, nip and tuck, side by side, on a par, evenly matched, with nothing to choose between them, even-steven(s), level pegging
    • 6. unchanged; not having risen or fallen:

      earnings were level at 57 cents a share
    • 7. calm and steady:

      “Adrian,” she said in her most level voice

    verb

    • 1. give a flat and even surface to:

      contractors started leveling the ground for the new power station
      Synonym : make level, level out, level off, make even, even off, even out, make flat, flatten, smooth, smooth out, plane, make uniform, make regular, regularize, polish, face
    • 2. demolish (a building or town):

      bulldozers are now waiting to level their home
      Synonym : raze, raze to the ground, demolish, flatten, gut, topple, lay waste, destroy, wipe out, blow up, blow to bits, bomb, tear down, knock down, pull down, bring down, bulldoze, fell, dismantle, break up, wreck, pulverize, obliterate
    • 3. begin to fly horizontally after climbing or diving:

      he quickly leveled off at 1500 ft
    • 4. (of a path, road, or incline) cease to slope upward or downward:

      the track leveled out, and there below us was the bay
    • 5. cease to fall or rise in number, amount, or quantity:

      inflation has leveled out at an acceptable rate
    • 6. make (something, especially a score in sport) equal or similar:

      Woods sliced the ball into the net to level the score
      Synonym : make equal, equal, even, even up, make level, equalize
    • 7. increase or reduce the amount, number, or quantity of something in order to remove a disparity.

    • 8. aim (a weapon):

      he leveled a long-barreled pistol at us
      Synonym : aim, point, direct, train, sight, focus, turn, beam, zero in on, draw a bead on, take aim
    • 9. direct (a criticism or accusation):

      accusations of corruption had been leveled against him
    • 10. be frank or honest with (someone):

      when are you going to level with me?
      Synonym : be frank, be open, be honest, be above board, tell the truth, tell all, hide nothing, keep nothing back, be straightforward, put all one's cards on the table, be upfront
    • 11. ascertain differences in the height of (land).

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: level, plural noun: levels

    • v.: verb: level, 3rd person present: levels, gerund or present participle: levelling, past tense: levelled, past participle: levelled

    • noun

      a horizontal plane or line with respect to the distance above or below a given point:

      a height or distance from the ground or another stated or understood base:

    • adjective

      having a flat, horizontal surface:

      (of a quantity of a dry substance) with the contents not rising above the brim of the measure:

    • verb

      give a flat and even surface to:

      demolish (a building or town):

    • adjective

      having or functioning on two levels; arranged on two planes:

      denoting a style of two-story house in which the lower story is partially sunk below ground level, and the main entrance is between the two stories; split-level.

    • noun

      a bi-level house:
    • adjective

      situated relatively near or below ground level:

      of relatively little importance, scope, or prominence; basic:

    • adjective

      at or of a level above that which is normal or average:

      relating to or involving people of high administrative rank or great authority:

    • noun

      the height reached by the water in a reservoir, river, storage tank, etc.

      another term for water table

    • adjective

      (of a building) having a room or rooms higher than others by less than a whole story:

      (of a room) having its floor on two levels.

    • noun

      a split-level building.
    • noun

      the level of the ground:

      the ground floor of a building.

    • adjective

      at the lowest level in an employment hierarchy:

      (of a product) suitable for a beginner or first-time user; basic:

    • (especially in a role-playing game) progress to the next level
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