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level

lev·el

level

 
pronunciation:
le vl
parts of speech:
adjective, noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: having a flat, even surface.
They made sure the driveway was level.The table rocked because it wasn't standing on a level surface.
synonyms:
even, flat, plane, smooth
antonyms:
bumpy, uneven
similar words:
flush, straight
definition 2: being on a line with the horizon or parallel to the ground.
I stood back to see if the painting was level.
synonyms:
flat, horizontal
similar words:
even, plane
definition 3: being of the same height or rank as another.
Sales for the second quarter were level with sales of the first.The top of his head was now level with his father's.
synonyms:
coequal, equal, even, same
similar words:
alike, comparable, identical
definition 4: of a steady disposition or judgment.
synonyms:
calm, composed, cool, even, even-tempered, imperturbable, sedate, steady, unruffled
similar words:
dispassionate, neutral, serene, tranquil
definition 5: unwavering; showing little variation or fluctuation
She fixed him with a level gaze.He spoke in a level tone.
antonyms:
unsteady
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: position in relation to other positions of height, intensity, authority, or rank.
The exercises are geared toward different levels of ability.The level of the water was rising rapidly.The promise of ice cream raised the children's level of enthusiasm.These decisions should be made on the local level rather than by state officials.
synonyms:
class, degree, gradation, grade, position, rank, stage, standing, status
similar words:
caste, hierarchy, jump, league, notch, par, plane, scale, standard, station
definition 2: a flat horizontal surface.
The house has three levels.
synonyms:
flat, plane
antonyms:
slope
similar words:
plain, story
definition 3: a device for determining a true horizontal or vertical plane, as in carpentry.
 
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: leveled, leveling, levels
definition 1: to make flat or even.
The bulldozer leveled the ground.
synonyms:
even, flatten, grade, smooth
similar words:
equalize, homogenize, lay, plane
definition 2: to adjust (two or more things) to the same position of height, rank, or the like.
synonyms:
equalize, equate, even
similar words:
balance, regulate, square
definition 3: to tear down or destroy.
The bombs leveled the town.
synonyms:
demolish, destroy, raze, tear down, wreck
similar words:
devastate, fell, flatten, ruin, topple
definition 4: to aim or direct (a weapon, gaze, or the like).
He leveled his rifle at the deer.She leveled her eyes at me.
synonyms:
aim, direct, point, sight, train
similar words:
cast, focus
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to cause things or persons to be of the same level.
synonyms:
even
similar words:
balance
definition 2: to aim (a weapon, critical remark, or the like) at a target.
definition 3: (informal) to be open and honest.
I trust you, so I'm going to level with you now.
synonyms:
confide in
similar words:
open up
derivations: levelly (adv.), levelness (n.)
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