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plateaunoun [C]

uk   /ˈplæt.əʊ/  us   /plætˈoʊ/ (plural plateaux uk   /-z/ us   or or mainlyUS plateaus)
  • plateau noun [C] (FLAT LAND)

a ​largeflatarea of ​land that is high above ​sealevel
  • plateau noun [C] (NO CHANGE)

a ​period during which there are no ​largechanges: The US ​deathrate reached a plateau in the 1960s, before ​decliningsuddenly.

plateauverb [I]

uk   /ˈplæt.əʊ/  us   /plætˈoʊ/
(Definition of plateau from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"plateau" in American English

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plateaunoun [C]

 us   /plæˈtoʊ/
earth science a ​large, ​flatarea of ​land that is ​higher than the ​land around it A plateau is also a ​period during which there are no ​bigchanges: The ​crimerate in the ​cityreached a plateau in the 1980s and then ​declined.

plateauverb [I]

 us   /plæˈtoʊ/
to ​reach a ​level and ​stay there, ​rather than ​rising or ​falling: The ​populationincrease is ​expected to plateau in the ​year 2007.
(Definition of plateau from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"plateau" in Business English

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plateaunoun [S]

uk   /ˈplætəʊ/  us   /plæˈtəʊ/
a ​level beyond which ​businessactivities, ​sales, ​profits, etc. no ​longerdevelop or ​increase, especially after a ​period of rapid ​growth: reach/hit a plateau Do you believe that the ​number of ​people using the ​internet has now ​reached a plateau?

plateauverb [I]

uk   /ˈplætəʊ/  us   /plæˈtəʊ/
to ​stopdeveloping or ​increasing, especially after a ​period of rapid ​growth: Analysts believe the ​market will plateau within the next five ​years in ​line with ​demographictrends.start/begin to plateau Sales of new ​cars have begun to plateau after three ​years of ​recordgrowth.
(Definition of plateau from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “plateau”
in Spanish meseta, altiplano…
in Vietnamese cao nguyên…
in Malaysian penara…
in Thai ที่ราบสูง…
in French plateau…
in German das Plateau…
in Chinese (Simplified) 平地, 高原…
in Turkish yayla, plâto, duraklama dönemi…
in Russian плато, отсутствие роста, стабилизация…
in Indonesian dataran tinggi…
in Chinese (Traditional) 平地, 高原…
in Polish płaskowyż, zastój…
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