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plateau

noun pla·teau \ pla-ˈtō , ˈpla-ˌtō \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of plateau

plural plateaus also plateaux play \pla-ˈtōz, ˈpla-ˌtōz\
1 a : a usually extensive land area having a relatively level surface raised sharply above adjacent land on at least one side : tableland
b : a similar undersea feature
2 a : a region of little or no change in a graphic representation
b : a relatively stable level, period, or condition
3 : a level of attainment or achievement
  • the 500-point plateau

Examples of plateau in a Sentence

  1. a plateau covering hundreds of miles

  2. The price of gas seems to have reached a plateau.

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Origin and Etymology of plateau

French, from Middle French, platter, from plat flat

plateau Synonyms

Synonyms
altiplano, mesa, table, tableland
Related Words
butte, dome, height, highland, upland; karoo (or karroo), puna

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plateau

verb

Definition of plateau

intransitive verb
: to reach a level, period, or condition of stability or maximum attainment

Examples of plateau in a Sentence

  1. Sales of computers have plateaued in recent years.

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First Known Use of plateau

1939


PLATEAU Defined for English Language Learners

plateau

noun

Definition of plateau for English Language Learners

  • : a large flat area of land that is higher than other areas of land that surround it

  • : a period when something does not increase or advance any further


plateau

verb

Definition of plateau for English Language Learners

  • : to stop growing or increasing : to reach a plateau


PLATEAU Defined for Kids

plateau

noun pla·teau \ pla-ˈtō \

Definition of plateau for Students

plural plateaus or plateaux \-ˈtōz\
: a broad flat area of high land

Medical Dictionary

plateau

noun pla·teau \ pla-ˈtō, ˈpla-ˌ \

medical Definition of plateau

plural plateaus also plateaux \-ˈtōz, -ˌtōz\
: a relatively flat elevated area — see tibial plateau


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