level

noun
lev·​el | \ ˈle-vəl How to pronounce level (audio) \

Definition of level

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a device for establishing a horizontal line or plane by means of a bubble in a liquid that shows adjustment to the horizontal by movement to the center of a slightly bowed glass tube
2 : a measurement of the difference of altitude of two points by means of a level
3 : horizontal condition especially : equilibrium of a fluid marked by a horizontal surface of even altitude water seeks its own level
4a : an approximately horizontal line or surface taken as an index of altitude Charts were arranged at eye level.
b : a practically horizontal surface or area (as of land) the level of the plateau
5 : a position in a scale or rank (as of achievement, significance, or value) funded at the national level the job appeals to me on many levels
6a : a line or surface that cuts perpendicularly all plumb lines that it meets and hence would everywhere coincide with a surface of still water
b : the plane of the horizon or a line in it
7 : a horizontal passage in a mine intended for regular working and transportation
8 : a concentration of a constituent especially of a body fluid (such as blood) a normal blood-sugar level
9 : the magnitude of a quantity considered in relation to an arbitrary reference value broadly : magnitude, intensity a high level of hostility
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level

verb
leveled or levelled; leveling or levelling\ ˈle-​və-​liŋ How to pronounce levelling (audio) , ˈlev-​liŋ \

Definition of level (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to make (a line or surface) horizontal : make flat or level level a field level off a house lot
2a : to bring to a horizontal aiming position
b : aim, direct leveled a charge of fraud
3 : to bring to a common level or plane : equalize love levels all ranks— W. S. Gilbert
4a : to lay level with or as if with the ground : raze
b : to knock down leveled him with one punch
5 : to make (something, such as color) even or uniform
6 : to find the heights of different points in (a piece of land) especially with a surveyor's level

intransitive verb

1 : to attain or come to a level the plane leveled off at 10,000 feet
2 : to aim a gun or other weapon horizontally
3 : to bring persons or things to a level
4 : to deal frankly and openly

level

adjective

Definition of level (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : having no part higher than another : conforming to the curvature of the liquid parts of the earth's surface
b : parallel with the plane of the horizon : horizontal
2a : even or unvarying in height
b : equal in advantage, progression, or standing
c : proceeding monotonously or uneventfully
d(1) : steady, unwavering gave him a level look
(2) : calm, unexcited spoke in level tones
3 : reasonable, balanced arrive at a justly proportional and level judgment on this affair— Sir Winston Churchill
4 : distributed evenly level stress
5 : being a surface perpendicular to all lines of force in a field of force : equipotential
6 : suited to a particular rank or plane of ability or achievement top-level thinking
7 : of or relating to the spreading out of a cost or charge in even payments over a period of time
level best
: very best

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Other Words from level

Adjective

levelly \ ˈle-​və(l)-​lē How to pronounce levelly (audio) \ adverb
levelness \ ˈle-​vəl-​nəs How to pronounce levelness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for level

Synonyms: Noun

degree, echelon, footing, place, position, rank, ranking, reach(es), rung, situation, standing, station, status, stratum

Synonyms: Verb

balance, equalize, equate, even

Synonyms: Adjective

even, flat, flush, plane, smooth

Antonyms: Adjective

bumpy, coarse, lumpy, rough, uneven, unsmoothed

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Adjective

level, flat, plane, even, smooth mean having a surface without bends, curves, or irregularities. level applies to a horizontal surface that lies on a line parallel with the horizon. the vast prairies are nearly level flat applies to a surface devoid of noticeable curvatures, prominences, or depressions. the work surface must be flat plane applies to any real or imaginary flat surface in which a straight line between any two points on it lies wholly within that surface. the plane sides of a crystal even applies to a surface that is noticeably flat or level or to a line that is observably straight. trim the hedge so it is even smooth applies especially to a polished surface free of irregularities. a smooth skating rink

Adjective

level, flat, and even mean having a surface without bends, curves, or interruptions. level is used especially for a surface or a line that does not slant up or down. We traveled a level road between two hills. flat is used for a surface that is free from curves or bumps or hollows whether or not it is parallel to the ground. I need a flat work surface. even is used when there is a lack of breaks or bumps in a line or surface. Dad trimmed the hedge to make it even.

Examples of level in a Sentence

Noun

The pictures were hung on the wall at eye level. The pictures were hung at different levels. There was a high level of alcohol in his blood. a normal level of intelligence Prices have risen to a new level. She rose to the level of manager. She has reached a rare level of financial success. These problems affect people at all levels of society. Can this problem be dealt with at a national level or must it be addressed at an international level?

Verb

They will level the field. We need to level the garden before we plant anything. The earthquake leveled the city. He leveled his opponent with a right hook. The robber leveled a gun at his head. Several complaints have been leveled at the store. Criticism has been leveled against the government for not responding to this crisis.

Adjective

We pitched the tent on level ground. an airplane in level flight Interest rates have remained level.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Upper Mississippi River is at near-record levels in Iowa and Illinois, as the region experiences one of the longest and most intense flood seasons in years. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Midwest City’s Downtown Is Underwater After Unusual Flood-Prevention Plan Failed," 1 May 2019 For more information about these substances, risk level, and how to reduce exposure, the American Cancer Society has some tips. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner's Favorite Brand Fashion Nova Cautions That Their Swimsuits May Cause Cancer," 30 Apr. 2019 From a high plank position, with core engaged and hips level, slowly lower onto right forearm, being careful to keep hips steady. SELF, "Bodyweight Cardio and Core," 28 Apr. 2019 The Kirkland shelter will have two levels, with services for women on one floor — operated by The Sophia Way — and families with children on the other floor, run by New Bethlehem Project, a program of Catholic Community Services. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "Kirkland to get new shelter for women and families, as Eastside homeless population rises," 13 Apr. 2019 The cortisol levels in my bloodstream boil at a level just shy of requiring evacuation of the tristate area. Brennan Kilbane And Theresa O'rourke, Allure, "The Best (Sort of) Free Ways to De-stress With Nature," 28 Mar. 2019 So, losing weight may help to lower your blood sugar levels by decreasing your insulin resistance. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Ways to Better Control Your Type 2 Diabetes," 19 Apr. 2019 That hardly means warehousing has become a buyer’s market: the availability rate still matches the lowest level in the business since 2000. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Amazon China Powers Down; Balance in Warehousing; Shipbuilding on Idle," 18 Apr. 2019 That night, he was supposed to be revising for his A-levels. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Royal Reporter Katie Nicholl on Harry and Meghan's Next Chapter," 8 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Last night, the Hadids attended designer Marc Jacobs’s wedding in New York City together, and took the celebration as an opportunity to level-up their sisters style. Vogue, "Bella and Gigi Hadid Level Up Their Sister Style for Marc Jacobs’s Wedding," 7 Apr. 2019 Bread knives are also excellent workhorses for delicately leveling cakes, peeling butternut squash, sawing through watermelon rinds, and even carving a holiday roast. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Bread Knives, According to Kitchen Cutlery Experts," 15 Jan. 2019 Many CDOs report directly to CEOs, often level with chief information officers in the corporate power structure. Kim S. Nash, WSJ, "MGM Bets on Departing Volvo Digital Chief to Boost Non-Casino Business," 16 Apr. 2019 Transfer the batter to the baking dish, then press it in and level it with the back of a spatula or wooden spoon. Ashley Rodriguez, Woman's Day, "Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars," 10 Apr. 2019 While this railgun could level the odds on sea, Chinese airpower still lags behind the U.S. Air Force, but the PL-XX missile is designed to change those odds, too. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "What You Need to Know About the South China Sea, the World's Next Hot Spot," 27 Feb. 2019 The key here is to think about moving with control, and keeping your hips perfectly level throughout. SELF, "Upper Body and Core Strength Builder Workout," 30 Dec. 2018 Record wildfires killed dozens and leveled entire towns, fueled by extreme heat, years of drought, and dead trees. Julia Belluz, Vox, "7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 An explosion rocked the city of Sun Prairie, Wis., on Tuesday after a contractor struck a natural gas main, leveling buildings and injuring at least two firefighters and one police officer, authorities said. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Wisconsin gas explosion levels Main Street buildings; firefighters, police officer reported injured," 2 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Front-wheel drive is best for level ground with a lot of obstacles. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Lawn Mower Buyer's Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Buy the Right Mower," 22 Feb. 2019 Nuclear weapons are enormously destructive devices capable of level entire cities, and arguably ending human civilization in the case of an all-out nuclear exchange. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What If We Blew Up All The World’s Nukes at Once?," 1 Apr. 2019 And Levelhead, coming in November, is an indie take on the likes of Super Mario Maker (thus beating Nintendo to that niche on the Switch), which even allows up to four people to collaborate on level creation together, either locally or online. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Switch checks off its indie-game wishlist with Into the Breach, Towerfall," 28 Aug. 2018 There had to be a relatively level playing field—at times even one that favored the other liberal powers. Robert Kagan, WSJ, "The Cost of American Retreat," 7 Sep. 2018 The plate is almost never completely level and typically not very flat, so the drops just follow the local slope. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Free-wheeling water droplets plot their own path off a hot plate," 14 Sep. 2018 Your floors will never be completely level, so your kitchen benches will probably wobble a bit. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "7 Things You Should Know Before Installing Brick Floors," 7 Sep. 2018 And Finish Line is doubling the size of its store by moving into a 6,000-square-foot spot on the lower level Sears wing. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Cobb mall H&M is expanding to two floors, tripling in size," 19 May 2018 Bret Benson, owner of Scooters & More Factory Outlet in Blue Ridge, said business for scooters and installing lifts for elderly clients was up more than 20% last year from the level five years ago. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "Forget Florida: More Northern Retirees Head to Appalachia," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of level

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for level

Noun and Verb

Middle English, plumb line, from Anglo-French livel, from Vulgar Latin *libellum, alteration of Latin libella, from diminutive of libra weight, balance

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level

noun

English Language Learners Definition of level

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a specific height
: a part of a building that is at a specific height
: an amount of something

level

verb

English Language Learners Definition of level (Entry 2 of 3)

: to make (something) flat or level
: to knock (someone or something) down to the ground
: to point (a weapon) at someone

level

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of level (Entry 3 of 3)

: having a flat or even surface
: not going up or down
: having the same height as something else

level

noun
lev·​el | \ ˈle-vəl How to pronounce level (audio) \

Kids Definition of level

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a horizontal line or surface usually at a named height Hold it at eye level.
2 : a step or stage in height, position, or rank She rose to the level of manager.
3 : a device used (as by a carpenter) to find a horizontal line or surface

level

verb
leveled or levelled; leveling or levelling

Kids Definition of level (Entry 2 of 3)

: to make or become horizontal, flat, or even

level

adjective

Kids Definition of level (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : having a flat even surface Find a level place to set up the tent.
2 : horizontal entry 1 … the bridge, instead of rising, went across just level— Anna Sewell, Black Beauty
3 : of the same height or rank : even
4 : steady and cool in judgment The rescuers kept level heads.

level

noun
lev·​el | \ ˈlev-əl How to pronounce level (audio) \

Medical Definition of level

1 : a characteristic and fairly uniform concentration of a constituent of the blood or other body fluid a normal blood-sugar level
2a : a degree of ability or aptitude or measure of performance
b : a grade of mental and emotional development or maturity evidence as to levels of personality development (e.g., anal, oral)— G. P. Murdock

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