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"plateau" in British English

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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 large flat area of land that is high above sea level
  • plateau noun [C] (NO CHANGE)

a period during which there are no large changes: The US death rate reached a plateau in the 1960s, before declining suddenly.

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, flat area of land that is higher than the land around it
A plateau is also a period during which there are no big changes: The crime rate in the city reached 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 population increase 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 business activities, sales, profits, etc. no longer develop 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 stop developing or increasing, especially after a period of rapid growth: Analysts believe the market will plateau within the next five years in line with demographic trends.start/begin to plateau Sales of new cars have begun to plateau after three years of record growth.
(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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