level off

verb

leveled off or levelled off; leveling off or levelling off; levels off

intransitive verb

: to approach or reach a steady rate, volume, or amount : stabilize
expect prices to level off

Examples of level off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Journal positive phrases Once the plane levels off and is cruising through the air, Stout starts journaling positive phrases. Angela Haupt, TIME, 10 May 2024 As deadly overdoses stopped surging and COVID-19 deaths plunged, the overall mortality rate among unhoused people in L.A. County began to level off, the report found. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2024 In its most recent quarterly earnings report, UPS reported that the decline in customer demand had nearly leveled off. Alex Zank, Fortune, 7 May 2024 The report said that after lunch, the two were flying back to the Farmers Pride Airport when the plane leveled off several minutes after departure, according to flight track information. David Chiu, Peoplemag, 15 Apr. 2024 And while overall drug deaths leveled off, the statistics still show a troubling trend concerning stimulants: Fatal overdoses involving cocaine and methamphetamine increased by 12.3% and 4%, respectively, from 2021 to 2022. Lev Facher Reprints, STAT, 21 Mar. 2024 Even as inflation rates level off, prices of food and drink basics have stayed high. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 16 Mar. 2024 However, there’s good news: Those increases have started to level off. Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2024 Rumors of fighting opportunities in Ukraine began spreading on the chat groups of Colombia’s veterans last year as the initial rush of idealistic Western volunteers to the country started to level off. Isayen Herrera, New York Times, 2 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of level off was in 1917

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“Level off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/level%20off. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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