level up

verb

leveled up or levelled up; leveling up or levelling up; levels up

transitive + intransitive

: to advance or improve (oneself, someone else, or something) in or as if in a game
Collect cards and magic potions, then level up your favourite dragons to increase their abilities.Animation Xpress
Staying competitive comes down to many factors, but one that's often overlooked, in my opinion, is the ongoing need to level up your marketing team.Sujan Patel
That [Kevin] Reilly has leveled up the brands of both networks is clear in their programming selections.Broadcasting and Cable
We provide nurses with the tools they need to level up their careers and their profession …News & Record (Greensboro, North Carolina)
Leveling up and finding new weapons, armor, or items give you plenty of incentive to keep slashing and button mashing away.Dan Hsu
Companies coax helpers to participate by offering points for useful answers, connecting total points to specific achievement levels, and encouraging users to level up, for even greater prestige.Paul McFedries

Examples of level up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Merino wool fibers are wrapped around a nylon core to level up the fabric's resilience while retaining the temperature-regulating benefits that merino wool is regularly praised for. Marisa Petrarca, Travel + Leisure, 20 Feb. 2024 To level up your organization, write what each cord is on a white sticky label and wrap them around the cable. Simon Hill, WIRED, 22 Jan. 2024 Put your energy toward learning new skills and leveling up routines as Mars enters Capricorn. USA TODAY, 4 Jan. 2024 The popular cook on how to level up your skills in the kitchen. The California Independent Booksellers Alliance, Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2024 Keep scrolling for the 11 best Oribe products that will level up your routine. Annie Blackman, Allure, 3 Feb. 2024 Layered over a tee for travel or worn on its own, this sweater will level up any wardrobe this season. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 27 Jan. 2024 One level up, the infinity Jacuzzi creates a multi-story waterfall that runs into the pool below. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 23 Jan. 2024 That’s why leveling up your skincare routine with a good hand cream is essential. Celeste Polanco, Essence, 19 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

2003, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of level up was in 2003

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“Level up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/level%20up. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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