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level

noun

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the placement of someone or something in relation to others in a vertical arrangement
  • a young karate student ready to rise to the next level in his chosen art of self-defense

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level

verb

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1 to make equal in amount, degree, or status
  • we'll give both teams the same equipment so as to level the playing field

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2 to make free from breaks, curves, or bumps
  • the construction workers leveled the ground before laying a foundation for the new house

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3 to point or turn (something) toward a target or goal
  • the marksman leveled his gun at the target and fired

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4 to strike (someone) so forcefully as to cause a fall
  • the boxer leveled his opponent with a single blow

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5 to destroy (as a building) completely by knocking down or breaking to pieces
  • an old warehouse that was leveled to build a parking lot

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level

adjective

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1 having a surface without bends, breaks, or irregularities
  • looked for a level place to land the plane

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How does the adjective level contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of level are even, flat, plane, and smooth. While all these words 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

When is it sensible to use even instead of level?

In some situations, the words even and level are roughly equivalent. However, 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

When might flat be a better fit than level?

The meanings of flat and level largely overlap; however, flat applies to a surface devoid of noticeable curvatures, prominences, or depressions.

the work surface must be flat

When is plane a more appropriate choice than level?

The words plane and level are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, 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

When could smooth be used to replace level?

The synonyms smooth and level are sometimes interchangeable, but smooth applies especially to a polished surface free of irregularities.

a smooth skating rink

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The first known use of level was in the 14th century

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“Level.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/level. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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