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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leveled or levelled; leveling or levelling\ ˈle-​və-​liŋ How to pronounce level (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



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

Other Words from level


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for level

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Higher membership level will lead to more benefits. Rayna Song, USA TODAY, 23 June 2022 On Tuesday, the FDA also laid out plans to establish a maximum nicotine level for certain tobacco products to reduce their addictiveness. Matthew Perrone And Tom Murphy, Chicago Tribune, 23 June 2022 Mortgage rates reached the highest level in more than 13 years for the second straight week. Orla Mccaffrey, WSJ, 23 June 2022 According to Yale University’s decibel level comparison chart, that’s comparable to the hum of a household refrigerator. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, 23 June 2022 Toomey's husband, Shane Orr, also notes that the higher an athlete's level of fitness and the more intense their training regime, the more efficient their body will become at conserving energy, burning less calories for fuel. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 23 June 2022 On Tuesday, the FDA also laid out plans to establish a maximum nicotine level for certain tobacco products to reduce their addictiveness. Matthew Perrone, ajc, 23 June 2022 That level is well below a previous health advisory threshold, and below PFAS concentrations found at dozens of other sites around Maryland recently. Scott Dance, Baltimore Sun, 23 June 2022 Traffic was diverted to the lower arrival level during the investigation, LAX said in a series of tweets. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 23 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb More companies than ever before are searching for tech-savvy social media managers who can level up their social media content and reach wider audiences. Expert Panel, Forbes, 21 June 2022 And with Cedric Mullins pinch hitting in the seventh, consecutive popouts from Mullins and Hays squandered that chance to level a one-run deficit and bail out right-hander Dean Kremer, making his first start of the season. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 5 June 2022 Officials also argued the drawing would level the playing field and ensure small and minority-owned businesses can compete against big players. Haley Bemiller, The Enquirer, 16 May 2022 New flooring was installed at the restaurant's rear to level the surface and prevent wobbly tables. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Apr. 2022 The transparency and uniform technology is a way to level the playing field and bring the focus on teamwork, the league has said. Roland Li, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Mar. 2022 This birth center and clinic gives pregnant persons prenatal and postpartum support in an effort to level the healthcare playing field and eradicate Black maternal mortality. orlandosentinel.com, 25 Mar. 2022 The legislation is the latest effort in Maryland in recent years to level the criminal justice playing field and help ex-offenders become full members of society. Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2022 Even more important, being the kind of boss people can level with and be honest. Kathryn Dill, WSJ, 6 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective If well-calibrated and deployed effectively, the EU’s trade defense tools could go a long way towards ensuring a level playing field for businesses in the region. Mary Hui, Quartz, 14 June 2022 And then the question becomes: why isn't there a level playing field? CBS News, 12 June 2022 Of the 63 residences, located on the 12th-16th floors of the hotel, 44 are bi-level and all have terraces with sliding doors for fresh air, some with views of CAA’s offices. Kathy A. Mcdonald, Variety, 21 Dec. 2021 The new facility would be multi-level with lockers and activity rooms, according to city staff. San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Nov. 2021 Instead, the defense will sag on the pick-and-roll with a helper who won’t trap the ball or even be level to the screen. J. Michael, orlandosentinel.com, 13 Nov. 2021 Unlike before, when many earlier states adopted cannabis and focused on raising revenue, the latest states are also aiming to keep a level playing field. Igor Dunaevsky, Rolling Stone, 8 June 2022 Making the purchases on a cash basis provides a level playing field, Smith said, and makes the event more fair and accessible for everyone. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 May 2022 That will not only protect forests and human rights abroad but also provide a level playing field for responsible agricultural producers at home, the officials said. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of level


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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


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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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


leveled or levelled; leveling or levelling

Kids Definition of level (Entry 2 of 3)

: to make or become horizontal, flat, or even



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.

Choose the Right Synonym for level


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.


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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