Level - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈlevl|  American pronunciation of the word level
Brit.  |ˈlev(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word level


- a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality (syn: degree, grade)
a high level of care is required
- a relative position or degree of value in a graded group (syn: grade, tier)
- a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process (syn: degree, point, stage)
- height above ground
the water reached ankle level
the pictures were at the same level
- indicator that establishes the horizontal when a bubble is centered in a tube of liquid
- a flat surface at right angles to a plumb line
park the car on the level
- an abstract place usually conceived as having depth (syn: layer, stratum)
a good actor communicates on several levels
- a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale (syn: floor, storey, story)
what level is the office on?


- aim at
level criticism or charges at somebody
- tear down so as to make flat with the ground (syn: dismantle, pull down, rase, raze, take down, tear down)
The building was levelled
- make level or straight (syn: even, flush)
level the ground
- direct into a position for use (syn: charge, point)
- talk frankly with; lay it on the line
I have to level with you
- become level or even (syn: level off)
The ground levelled off


- having a surface without slope, tilt in which no part is higher or lower than another (syn: flat, plane)
acres of level farmland
- not showing abrupt variations (syn: unwavering)
spoke in a level voice
she gave him a level look
- being on a precise horizontal plane
a billiard table must be level
- oriented at right angles to the plumb
the picture is level
- of the score in a contest (syn: even, tied)

Extra examples

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?

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.

Phrasal verbs

level off  — become level or even

Word forms

I/you/we/they: level
he/she/it: levels
present participle: levelling
past tense: levelled
past participle: levelled
singular: level
plural: levels
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