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Pronunciation: /ˈlevəl/

Translation of level in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (height) nivel (masculine) above/below the level of the window por encima/debajo del nivel de la ventana water level nivel del agua at eye/shoulder level a la altura de los ojos/hombros his window is on a level with ours su ventana está al mismo nivel que la nuestra on the level (honest) [colloquial/familiar] is it all on the level? ¿es un asunto limpio? he's definitely on the level estoy seguro de que es un tipo derecho [colloquial/familiar] or (Spain/España) [slang/argot] legal or (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) [colloquial/familiar] bien
    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.
    1.2 (degree, amount) nivel (masculine) pollution has reached alarming levels la contaminación ha alcanzado niveles or cotas alarmantes a high level of literacy un alto nivel or índice de alfabetización
    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 (rank) nivel (masculine) at ministerial/cabinet level a nivel ministerial/de gabinete a top-level meeting una reunión de or a alto nivel at national/regional/local level a nivel nacional/regional/local to be on a level with sb/sth estar* a la par de or a la altura de algn/algo this latest scandal is on a level with … este último escándalo es equiparable a or comparable con … they're both on the same level están al mismo nivel how could you sink to such a level? ¿cómo pudiste haber caído tan bajo?
    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.
  • 3 3.1 (of building) [Architecture/Arquitectura] nivel (masculine) 3.2 (in mine) galería (feminine)
    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.
  • 4 (device) nivel (masculine)
    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.
    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.


  • 1 [ground/surface] plano, llano that picture's not level ese cuadro no está derecho a level tablespoonful of flour una cucharada rasa de harina to do o try one's level best hacer* todo lo posible
  • 2 2.1 (at same height) to be level (with sth) estar* al nivel or a ras (de algo) 2.2 (abreast, equal) the two teams were level at half-time al medio tiempo los dos equipos iban or estaban empatados as far as ability goes they're level en cuanto a capacidad están al mismo nivel or (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) están parejos average earnings have kept level with inflation el salario medio ha ido subiendo a la par de la inflación to draw level with sb (in a race) ponerse* hombro con hombro con algn, alcanzar* a algn
  • 3 3.1 (constant) estable 3.2 (unemotional, calm) [voice/tone] desapasionado to keep a level head no perder* la cabeza a level head is vital in business la sensatez es esencial en los negocios

transitive verb/verbo transitivo ( (British English/inglés británico) -ll-)

  • 2 (make equal) igualar social leveling nivelación (feminine) social
  • 3 (direct) to level sth at sb/sth [weapon] apuntarle a algn con algo you can't level that criticism at me no me puedes acusar de eso

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo ( (British English/inglés británico) -ll-)

  • (be honest) [colloquial/familiar] to level with sb ser* franco or sincero con algn

Phrasal verbs

level down

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento (British English/inglés británico)
nivelar ([ reduciendo al nivel más bajo ])

level off

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio 1.1 [aircraft] nivelarse, enderezarse* 1.2 [prices/growth/inflation] estabilizarse* 1.1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento [surface/board] nivelar, emparejar

level out

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
level off 1

level up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
1.1 (make level) igualar, nivelar 1.2 (British English/inglés británico) [Sch] [Sociology/Sociología] nivelar ([ elevando al nivel más alto ])

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