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plateau

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noun pla·teau \pla-ˈtō, ˈpla-ˌ\

Definition of plateau

plural

plateaus

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plateaux

play \-ˈtōz, -ˌtōz\
  1. 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. 2 a :  a region of little or no change in a graphic representation b :  a relatively stable level, period, or condition

  3. 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.

Origin and Etymology of plateau

French, from Middle French, platter, from plat flat


First Known Use: 1796


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plateau

verb pla·teau

Definition of plateau

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  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

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plateau

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noun pla·teau \pla-ˈtō, ˈpla-ˌ\

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


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plateau

verb pla·teau

Definition of plateau for English Language Learners

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


PLATEAU Defined for Kids

plateau

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noun pla·teau \pla-ˈtō\

Definition of plateau for Students

plural

plateaus

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plateaux

\-ˈtōz\
  1. :  a broad flat area of high land


Medical Dictionary

plateau

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noun pla·teau \pla-ˈtō, ˈpla-ˌ\

Medical Definition of plateau

plural

plateaus

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plateaux

\-ˈtōz, -ˌtōz\
  1. :  a relatively flat elevated area—see tibial plateau



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