- 1A horizontal plane or line with respect to the distance above or below a given point: the front garden is on a level with this floorMore example sentences
- When the front garden is flooded, the water reaches the brickwork of the walls of the house both below and above the level of the damp course.
- Wherever we looked, at our level, above and below, there were exotic fish.
- Further back, a solitary girder stands upright about 2m above the general level of the wreck.
- 1.1A height or distance from the ground or another stated or understood base: storms caused river levels to riseMore example sentences
- Riverside homeowners were keeping one eye firmly on the clouds today as river levels rose even higher through the night.
- There was a slight rise in the river level of a few inches.
- My studies also demonstrated that the rainfall, river flow and groundwater levels are increasing.
- 1.2A floor within a multistorey building.More example sentences
- The first tidal wave caused damage to the bottom of the hotel, but it was the second wave, an hour and a half later, which wrecked the first few levels of the buildings.
- Subterranean termites tunnel in moist soil to find wood, putting decks and lower levels of buildings at risk.
- The building will be joined at many levels to the main building.
- 2A position on a scale of amount, quantity, extent, or quality: a high level of unemployment debt rose to unprecedented levelsMore example sentences
- The recession has resulted in unprecedented levels of unemployment and a dramatic increase in poverty.
- For the first time last year, unemployment rose to an unprecedented level of 10 percent.
- And as unemployment rose to record levels, people have stopped spending so freely, causing prices to drop.
- 2.1An intellectual, social, or moral standard: at six he could play chess at an advanced level [mass noun]: women do better at degree levelMore example sentences
- We can learn a great deal about the moral level of the reigning intellectual culture of the West by observing the reaction to this demand.
- Many a girl drops out even at the primary level because of social compulsions.
- Decent educational levels will automatically lessen social problems and crime as well as boosting self esteem and confidence.
- 2.2A position in a hierarchy: a junior level of managementMore example sentences
- Though few have broken into the top echelons of power, the junior and middle management levels are full of women.
- Important changes have also occurred in the middle levels of the class hierarchy.
- The rest are stuck at the lower and middle levels of the managerial hierarchy.
- 3An instrument marked with a line parallel to the plane of the horizon for testing whether things are horizontal.More example sentences
- I even used a level to measure properly!
- Scrape the top layer smooth using a level to guide you.
- A level can be used to straighten out rows of bricks.
- 3.1 Surveying An instrument for giving a horizontal line of sight.More example sentences
- Generally, the most accurate beach survey data are obtained using a surveying level.
- A laser level is the modern way of doing surveying.
- 4A flat tract of land: [in place names]: the Somerset LevelsMore example sentences
- Between the water and the land is a vast, flat level of grassy mud.
- The basin of the Peneus expands into a vast level towards the southeast.
- The moors and levels are formed from a submerged and reclaimed landscape.
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- 1Having a flat, horizontal surface: we had reached level groundMore example sentences
- The surface should be level, free draining and, if possible, subject to frost prevention.
- When we finally made it back to the gate the nice paved paths seemed an oasis of smooth level ground.
- Assemble the table on a level surface, turn the top wheel upside down and place the seat wheel on top of it.
- 1.1(Of a quantity of a dry substance) with the contents not rising above the brim of the measure: a level teaspoon of saltMore example sentences
- Split each pitta in half horizontally, and spread each with one level tablespoon of passata.
- Add a level tablespoon of dried mint to the soup when you reheat it.
- Put some olive oil in a shallow pan with a level dessertspoon of tomato purée.
- 2At the same height as someone or something else: his eyes were level with hersMore example sentences
- Bringing his eyes level with Luke, Adam surveyed him calmly.
- Even standing, her head only drew level with my chest.
- The kitchen has a range of eye and floor level units and is plumbed for a dishwasher and washing machine.
- 3Having the same relative position; not in front of or behind: the car backed rapidly until it was level with meMore example sentences
- Racing to the third bend he gained on the leader and drew level coming out of it.
- I quickened my pace so that I was level with her.
- As we came level with the silver saloon, I was absolutely amazed to see the driver holding a camcorder to his face.
- 3.1chiefly British Having the same position or score in a contest: the two teams finished level on pointsMore example sentences
- Both of these sides were level on points at the top of the table going into the game.
- The sides were level on 11 points each.
- The fact that the team were still level at half-time acted as a spur to them.
- 3.2Not having risen or fallen; unchanged: earnings were level at 17.5p a shareMore example sentences
- You can choose to receive a level income, or have your payouts rise in line with inflation.
- Shares were level from there and closed at $3.86.
- Studios have seen level prices over the past three years with the average rental rate at €910 per month.
- 4Calm and steady: the cold, level gaze he had given herMore example sentences
- He speaks with the calm, level voice of a professional scientist.
- He said it in a calm, level tone, but the icy look he gave me told me what he was thinking.
- She returned it with a level gaze, betraying none of the anxiety she felt inside.
verb (levels, levelling, levelled; US levels, leveling, leveled)Back to top
- 1 [with object] Give a flat and even surface to: contractors started levelling the ground for the new power stationMore example sentences
- Tap on a work surface to level the mixture, then put in the freezer.
- The work is expected to take about a year during which time the surface will be levelled, drained and reseeded and flood lighting installed.
- By early afternoon the ground was leveled, smoothed over and trimmed.
- 1.1Demolish (a building or town): bulldozers are now waiting to level their homeMore example sentences
- A massive explosion in the air sent shockwaves through the town and leveled the few buildings that had survived.
- A third house was levelled in the nearby town of Dura.
- As well as levelling the town, the quake has also destroyed what remained of the ancient city and its sixteenth century citadel.
- 2 [no object] (level off/out) Begin to fly horizontally after climbing or diving: he quickly levelled off at 1500 ftMore example sentences
- Relieved, I leveled off and once again began dealing with those knotty little details like useless gauges - both my airspeed and my fuel gauge read zero.
- Just as everybody's life finished flashing before their eyes, the jet began to level out as the wheels hit the runway with a sharp jolt.
- The aircraft immediately began to level out from its spiral.
- 2.1(Of a path, road, or incline) cease to slope: the track levelled out and there below us was the bayMore example sentences
- After this the path levels out for about 400m before sloping down to a small car park by the side of the road.
- The path levels out to provide expansive seaward views.
- At the foot of the hill, as the path levels out and enters a fringe of larches, leave the narrow footpath and drop down to your right.
- 2.2Remain at a steady level after falling or rising: inflation has levelled out at an acceptable rateMore example sentences
- House prices in North Yorkshire are levelling out.
- What they show is that the rapid influx of mothers with young children into the workplace has leveled off and fallen, slightly.
- Soon global population will level off and then likely fall for a protracted period of time.
- 3 [with object] chiefly British Make (something, especially a score in sport) equal or similar: Woods sliced the ball into the net to level the score [no object]: Ardsley deservedly levelled with two minutes remaining
- 3.1 (level something up/down) Increase or reduce something in order to remove a disparity.More example sentences
- By forcing the internet to be accessible to everyone, there is a risk that we are levelling it down, reducing its potential to suit many competing, latent, unrealised needs.
- The European Union has always been sold as an integration in which living standards would be leveled up, not down.
- All too often, what that means is levelling skills down rather than encouraging the most talented players to forge ahead and realise their potential.
- 4 [with object] Aim (a weapon): he levelled a pistol at us
- 4.1Direct (a criticism or accusation): accusations of corruption had been levelled against himMore example sentences
- Criticism was levelled at each of the professions involved.
- Care should be taken with the manner in which criticism was levelled at other countries' leaders.
- This has led to all sorts of unfair and unsubstantiated accusations being leveled against me.
- 5 [no object] (level with) • informal Be frank or honest with (someone): when are you going to level with me?More example sentences
be frank, be open, be honest, be above board, tell the truth, tell all, hide nothing, keep nothing back, be straightforward, put all one's cards on the table• informal be upfront
- But the image of him taking control and levelling with people in an honest and compassionate way has been burned into the American psyche.
- You're not levelling with me, sweetheart.
- That would require levelling with the American people about unpleasant realities and the difficult choices that lie ahead.
do one's level best
- Make all possible efforts: a pupil must do his level best to please his masterMore example sentences
- Everyone here did their level best to meet productivity levels to international standards and beyond.
- I will do my level best to conclude this inquest as soon as I possibly can.
- The people here are doing their level best to help sort out the problems facing farmers.
find its (own) level
- (Of a liquid) reach the same height in containers which are interconnected: water in the pipes finds its own levelMore example sentences
- This is a gentle, natural process, like water finding its own level when poured on the ground.
- After about 5-10 minutes the water has found its level and the gates can easily be opened.
- Long before an infant understands that milk finds its own level he or she learns to up-end the bottle to feed.
- Reach a stable level, value, or position without interference: she believed it was better to leave the currency to find its own levelMore example sentences
- The currency was allowed to find its own level and deflation, not inflation, was identified as the major enemy.
- One good thing about market forces is that every institution or sector finds its own level.
- Like anything, a new upheaval just finds its level.
find one's (own) level
- (Of a person) reach a position that seems appropriate in relation to one’s associates: they were happy for members of the family to come into the business and find their own levelMore example sentences
- Unkind commentators might suggest that in choosing such opponents, the Irish had found their own level.
- They seem to have found their level now they have entered the full national leagues.
- Pessimists will be inclined to predict that Scotland have found their level.
level of attainment
- British A rating of the ability of a school pupil, on a scale of 1 to 10.More example sentences
- The report notes that not enough time is allocated in the curriculum to science, affecting pupils' levels of attainment in the subject.
- He said: ‘Tackling truancy and bad behaviour in our schools is crucial to improving levels of attainment for all pupils, improving their life chances and improving our communities as a whole.’
- Children join the school with below-average levels of attainment and make good progress so that standards in English, mathematics and science are above average by the time they leave.
be level pegging
- British Be equal in score or achievement during a contest: the two were level pegging after three heatsMore example sentences
- The sides went into the final quarter level pegging once again.
- However, their bowlers were unable to make the final breakthrough and the resulting draw leaves the two sides level pegging at the foot of the division.
- All three of them are level pegging with 33 dismissals each.
a level playing field
- A situation in which everyone has a fair and equal chance of succeeding: they are still not providing a level playing field in terms of opportunities for womenMore example sentences
- It will be interesting to go to the new circuit as it puts everyone back on a level playing field.
- This would create a level playing field and make the system fairer.
- When it comes to access to information, not everyone's looking for a level playing field.
on the level
- • informal Honest; truthful: Eddie said my story was on the levelMore example sentences
- In fact, all those insults come from real guests who think the show is on the level.
- I realize we weren't totally on the level, but it's not like it was an actual scam.
- The average person wants to be on the level, and also knows that an accountant who takes chances puts all of his or her clients in danger of audit.
on a level with
- Equal with: they were treated as menials, on a level with cooksMore example sentences
- They were restless men who ‘put themselves on a level with princes’.
- I can run on a level with thousands of other runners.
- Wagner, whose significance to our culture is on a level with Shakespeare or Da Vinci, was a composer whose opinions were neither modest nor moderate.
take something to the next level
- Further improve or develop something that is already successful: five years after founding my software company, I’m ready to take it to the next levelMore example sentences
- You need to be prepared to take things to the next level.
- Coaching is a special process that takes the dancer to the next level.
- Basically, he needs to push himself and try and take his music to the next level.
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- I gazed at him levelly, making it clear that I was not impressed.
- ‘It was,’ he says levelly, ‘the worst experience of my life.’
- ‘Do you know,’ his father spoke levelly, ‘how much money I lost today because of your little prank?’
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- ‘I haven't finished, Milord,’ he went on with that same, cutting levelness.
- I periodically check the trackwork for levelness and irregularities.
- The floor levelness was not important for the project.
Middle English (denoting an instrument to determine whether a surface is horizontal): from Old French livel, based on Latin libella, diminutive of libra 'scales, balance'.