Definition of level adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈlevl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlevl//
    How a building looks
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  1. 1  having a flat surface that does not slope Pitch the tent on level ground. Add a level tablespoon of flour (= enough to fill the spoon but not so much that it goes above the level of the edge of the spoon). compare heaped See related entries: How a building looks
  2. equal
  3. 2  having the same height, position, value, etc. as something Are these pictures level? level with something This latest rise is intended to keep wages level with inflation. She drew level with (= came beside) the police car.
  4. 3level (with somebody) (especially British English, sport) having the same score as somebody A good second round brought him level with the tournament leader. France took an early lead but Wales soon drew level (= scored the same number of points).
  5. voice/look
  6. 4not showing any emotion; steady synonym even a level gaze see also levelly
  7. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting an instrument to determine whether a surface is horizontal): from Old French livel, based on Latin libella, diminutive of libra ‘scales, balance’.Extra examples Keep the pot level, or you’ll spill the coffee. Make sure you get the shelf level before screwing it in. The floor has got to be absolutely level. The top of the water came level with her chin. Add a level tablespoon of flour. France took an early lead but Wales soon drew level. He went into the last match on level points with Jones. The clubs are level on points. The score was level at 5 points each.Idioms (British English) having the same score The contestants were level pegging after round 3.
    do/try your level best (to do something)
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    to do as much as you can to try to achieve something
    a situation in which everyone has the same opportunities
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: level