lev|el1 W1S1 [ˈlevəl] n
5¦(rank of job)¦
6¦(way of understanding)¦
7 at local/state/national etc level
8 a level playing field
9 be on the level
10 descend/sink to somebody's level
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: livel, from Latin libella, from libra 'weight, balance']
1.) ¦(AMOUNT)¦
the amount or degree of something, compared to another amount or degree
level of
Increased supplies are needed to meet the level of demand.
high/low level
Dolphins show a high level of intelligence.
Inflation dropped to its lowest level in 30 years.
At the moment, public interest is at a high level .
price/income etc levels
the high salary levels of top executives
Special attention was paid to minimising noise levels .
Try to reduce your stress levels .
the downward trend in annual pollution levels
2.) ¦(STANDARD)¦
a particular standard of skill or ability, for example in education or sport
at ... level
Students at this level may have problems with basic grammar.
What level do you think you're at?
beginner/advanced/national etc level
Few athletes can compete at international level.
an advanced-level coursebook
→↑A level
3.) ¦(HEIGHT)¦
the height of something in relation to the ground or to another object
at ... level
Your arms should be at the same level as your desk.
eye/knee/shoulder etc level
(=the same height as your eyes etc)
Skirts this year are just above knee level.
water/oil etc level
(=the height of the water etc from the ground or the bottom of a container)
Check the water level in the car radiator.
a floor or area of ground that is at a particular height, especially when you can go up or down to other floors or areas
on ... level
Didn't we park the car on Level 2?
The town is built on different levels.
The medical center is on one level (=so that you do not have to go up or down) .
5.) ¦(RANK OF JOB)¦
a particular position in a system that has different ranks of importance
at ... level
Training is offered at each level in the department.
at board/management/senior etc level
Further talks at ministerial level were held.
a way of considering or understanding something
on ... level
The story can be understood on many different levels.
on a personal/practical/superficial etc level
I agree with you, but only on a theoretical level.
7.) at local/state/national etc level
happening within a small area or the whole area of a state, country etc
These changes are taking place at regional level.
8.) a level playing field
a situation in which different people, companies, countries, etc can all compete fairly because no one has special advantages
Small businesses want to compete on a level playing field with larger ones.
9.) be on the level informal
to be honest and legal
This is all on the level, right?
10.) descend/sink to sb's level
to behave as badly as someone
If you hit him back, you'll only be descending to his level.
11.) ¦(TOOL)¦
a tool used for checking that a surface is flat
= ↑spirit-level
level 2
level2 W2S1 adj
1.) flat and not sloping in any direction
The floors in the old house were not completely level.
a level surface suitable for wheelchairs
a) two things that are level are at the same height as each other
level with
Your eyes should be level with the top of the screen.
The curtains aren't quite level.
b) BrE two sports teams, competitors etc that are level have the same number of points
level with
Before the weekend, Madrid was level with Barcelona.
They finished level , with ten points each.
c) having the same value or position as something or someone else
level with
Borrowing rates rose to over 8%, roughly level with those in America.
He cycled along beside her, keeping level.
3.) do your level best (to do sth)
to try as hard as possible to do something
I'll do my level best to help you.
4.) a level voice/look/gaze
a steady voice, look etc, that shows you are calm or determined
5.) level teaspoon/cup etc (of sth)
an amount of a substance that fills a spoon, cup etc to the top but no more, used as a measure in cooking
Add one level teaspoon of salt.
heaped teaspoon etc atheaped
draw level atdraw1 (11)
level 3
level3 v past tense and past participle levelled present participle levelling BrE past tense and past participle leveled present participle leveling AmE
1.) [T] also level sth<=>off/out
to make something flat and smooth
Workers leveled the wet concrete with a piece of wood.
Cover with a layer of sand and level it off.
2.) [T]
to knock down or destroy a building or area completely
Bombs levelled a large part of the town.
3.) [I and T] BrE
to make the score in a game or competition equal
He slipped the ball into the net to level the score at 1/1.
United went ahead but the visitors levelled in the 73rd minute.
4.) level criticism/charges/accusations etc at/against sb
to aim criticism etc at a particular person, country etc, especially publicly
the criticism levelled at the United States
Serious allegations were levelled against the minister.
level at / [level sth at sb/sth] phr v
to aim something such as a weapon at someone or something
Slowly he levelled his gun at the tiger.
level off/out phr v
1.) to stop going up or down and continue at the same height
After climbing steeply, the path levelled off.
The plane levelled out at 30,000 feet.
2.) to stop rising or falling and become steady
Inflation has begun to level off.
3.) level sth<=>off/out
to make something flat and smooth
level with [level with sb] phr v
to speak honestly to someone, after hiding some unpleasant facts from them
She decided to level with him and tell him how she felt.
be on the level at ↑level1 (9)

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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