1having a flat, horizontal surface:we had reached level ground
(of a quantity of a dry substance) with the contents not rising above the brim of the measure:a level teaspoon of salt
2at the same height as someone or something else:his eyes were level with hers
3having the same relative position; not in front of or behind:the car backed rapidly until it was level with me
chiefly British having the same position or score in a contest:the two teams finished level on points
not having risen or fallen; unchanged:earnings were level at 17.5p a share
4calm and steady:the cold, level gaze he had given her
1a horizontal plane or line with respect to the distance above or below a given point:the front garden is on a level with this floor
a height or distance from the ground or another stated or understood base:storms caused river levels to rise
a floor within a multistorey building.
2a position on a scale of amount, quantity, extent, or quality:a high level of unemploymentdebt rose to unprecedented levels
an intellectual, social, or moral standard:at six he could play chess at an advanced level [mass noun]:women do better at degree level
a position in a hierarchy:a junior level of management
3an instrument marked with a line parallel to the plane of the horizon for testing whether things are horizontal.
Surveying an instrument for giving a horizontal line of sight.
4a flat tract of land: [in place names]:the Somerset Levels
1 [with object] give a flat and even surface to:contractors started levelling the ground for the new power station
demolish (a building or town):bulldozers are now waiting to level their home
2 [no object] (level off/out) begin to fly horizontally after climbing or diving:he quickly levelled off at 1500 ft
(of a path, road, or incline) cease to slope:the track levelled out and there below us was the bay
remain at a steady level after falling or rising:inflation has levelled out at an acceptable rate
3 [with object] chiefly British make (something, especially a score in sport) equal or similar:Woods sliced the ball into the net to level the score [no object]:Ardsley deservedly levelled with two minutes remaining
(level something up/down) increase or reduce something in order to remove a disparity.
4 [with object] aim (a weapon):he levelled a pistol at us
direct (a criticism or accusation):accusations of corruption had been levelled against him
5 [no object] (level with) informal be frank or honest with (someone):when are you going to level with me?
6 [with object] Surveying ascertain differences in the height of (land).
do one's level best
make all possible efforts:a pupil must do his level best to please his master
find its (own) level
(of a liquid) reach the same height in containers which are interconnected:water in the pipes finds its own level
reach a stable level, value, or position without interference:she believed it was better to leave the currency to find its own level
find one's (own) level
(of a person) reach a position that seems appropriate in relation to one’s associates:they were happy for members of the family to come into the business and find their own level
level of attainment
British a rating of the ability of a school pupil, on a scale of 1 to 10.
be level pegging
British be equal in score or achievement during a contest:the two were level pegging after three heats
a level playing field
a situation in which everyone has a fair and equal chance of succeeding:they are still not providing a level playing field in terms of opportunities for women
on the level
informal honest; truthful:Eddie said my story was on the level
on a level with
equal with:they were treated as menials, on a level with cooks
take something to the next level
further improve or develop something that is already successful:five years after founding my software company, I’m ready to take it to the next level