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levelnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈlev.əl/

level noun [C] (HEIGHT)

B2 the ​height of something: The ​water level in the ​lake is much ​higher after ​heavyrain.B2 the ​amount or ​number of something: Inflation is going to ​rise two ​percent from ​itspresent level. Chess ​requires a very high level of ​concentration. There is some ​danger of low level (= a ​continuingsmallamount of)radiation.
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level noun [C] (ABILITY)

A2 someone's ​abilitycompared to other ​people: a ​class for ​advanced level ​students Students at this level ​require a lot of ​help. The ​exam can be taken at three levels.
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level noun [C] (FLOOR)

a ​floor in a ​largebuilding: The ​library has three levels, with a ​conferencecentre atground level. The ​exhibition is on level three of the ​building.
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level noun [C] (RANK)

C1 a ​position within a ​system in which ​people are ​arrangedaccording to ​theirimportance: These are ​subjects for ​discussion at ​management level.at local/national level relating to a ​particulararea of the ​country/the ​whole of the ​country: These ​sorts of ​policies are made at ​local level.
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level noun [C] (TOOL)

US (UK spirit level) a ​tool that ​contains a ​tube of ​liquid with an ​airbubble in it, used to show if a ​surface is level

leveladjective

uk   us   /ˈlev.əl/

level adjective (AT SAME HEIGHT)

[after verb] at the same ​height: The ​top of the ​tree is level with his ​bedroomwindow.
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level adjective (FLAT)

B2 flat or ​horizontal: Make ​sure the ​camera is level before you take the ​picture. Before I ​bang the ​nails in, would you say this ​picture was level?level spoonful/cupful an ​amount of a ​liquid or ​substance that ​fills a ​spoon/​cup but does not go above the ​edges, used as a ​measure in ​cooking
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level adjective (EQUAL)

having the same ​value, ​amount, ​number of ​points, etc.: Pieretti would have to ​win the next three ​stages in ​order to draw level with (= ​reach the same ​position as) Le Sage in the Tour de France.mainly UK The ​unions are ​fighting to ​keepwages level (US usually even) withinflation.

level adjective (CONTROLLED)

[before noun] If you ​speak in a level ​voice or give someone a level ​look, you do it in a ​calm and ​controlled way: In a level ​voice, he ​ordered the ​soldiers to ​aim and ​fire.
levelly
adverb uk   us   /-i/
He ​looked levelly (= ​calmly and without ​excitement)across at me.

levelverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈlev.əl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-)

level verb [T] (MAKE FLAT)

to make a ​surfaceflat: Level the ​wetcement before it sets.

level verb [T] (DESTROY)

to ​completelydestroy a ​building or ​area: The ​bombing levelled the ​village.
(Definition of level from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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leveladjective

 us   /ˈlev·əl/

level adjective (HORIZONTAL)

(of a ​surface) not ​rising or ​falling or ​higher on one ​side, but ​even in all ​directions; ​horizontal or ​flat: The ​tablewobbles because the ​floor is not level. Something that is level with something ​else is at the same ​height: The ​top of the ​tree is level with his ​bedroomwindow. A level ​spoon or ​cup is ​filled with something just to the ​topedge. If you ​speak in a level ​voice, you ​speak in a ​calm and ​controlled way.

levelnoun

 us   /ˈlev·əl/

level noun (POSITION)

[C/U] a ​particularposition, ​degree, or ​amount of something, esp. ​compared with other ​possiblepositions, ​degrees, or ​amounts: [C] The ​water level in the ​lake is ​higher after a ​heavyrain. [U] The ​bigdebate is whether more ​decisions should be made at the ​local level or at the ​national level. [C] He ​achieved a high level of ​skill as an ​interpreter. [U] We ​publish a ​dictionary for ​intermediate level ​students. [C/U] A level is also one of several ​floors at different ​heights in a ​building: [C] The ​receptionarea is on the ​ground level.

level noun (HORIZONTAL)

[C] a ​toolcontaining a ​tube of ​liquid with an ​airbubble in it, which ​shows whether a ​surface is ​horizontal by the ​position of the ​bubble

levelverb [T]

 us   /ˈlev·əl/

level verb [T] (AIM)

to ​aim or ​direct something at someone or something: Soldiers leveled ​theirweapons. Criticism of the ​program was leveled by a ​number of politicians.

level verb [T] (HORIZONTAL)

to make something level: We had to level the ​backyard before putting up the ​pool. To level ​buildings or other ​structures is to ​destroy them by causing them to ​fall down: Her ​grandfathersurvived the 1906 ​earthquake that leveled San Francisco.
(Definition of level from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"level" in Business English

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levelnoun

uk   us   /ˈlevəl/
[C] the ​amount of something that exists, especially when it is counted or ​measured: Unions are ​calling for ​payincreases above the ​current level of ​inflation. We must ​reduce the ​risks to an acceptable level.a high/low level of sth The city has high levels of ​unemployment. The FTSE 100 ​indexrose to its ​highest level since July 2009. increase/raise/reduce the level of sth This ​policyreduces the level of ​demand in the ​economy. There are increased levels of ​consumerdebt. Staff ​currently receive the ​minimum level of ​payallowable by ​law.
[C or U] a degree or ​standard of something: a high/low level of sth We ​provide a high level of ​customersupport.an advanced/basic/minimum level of sth Users expect a basic level of ​service.achieve/reach a level We hope to ​achieveimproved levels of ​performance.
[C or U] a ​position or ​rank within an ​organization or a ​system: at a high/low/senior level (within sth) Candidates must have significant ​experience at a ​senior level. Training is ​available to ​staff at all levels within the ​organization. Managers at every level are ​tasked with ​cuttingcosts. These decisions are made at ​board level.
[C or U] one of the floors in a ​building: The rest ​rooms are ​situated at ​ground level.
at/on (a) global/local/national, etc. level relating to a particular ​area in which something ​happens: We ​carry out ​research at a ​regional level. Many ​qualitystandards are set at ​European level. These ​policies can have ​positiveeffects on a ​global level.

leveladjective

uk   us   /ˈlevəl/
having the same ​value, ​amount, etc. as before, or as something else: Interest ​rates are expected to remain level for the next six months.level with sth Overall, ​sales were level with those for the same ​period last ​year.
(Definition of level from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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