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

     

    level

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈlevl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlevl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they level
    BrE BrE//ˈlevl//
     
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    he / she / it levels
    BrE BrE//ˈlevlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlevlz//
     
    past simple levelled
    BrE BrE//ˈlevld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlevld//
     
    past participle levelled
    BrE BrE//ˈlevld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlevld//
     
    (especially US English) past simple leveled
    BrE BrE//ˈlevld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlevld//
     
    (especially US English) past participle leveled
    BrE BrE//ˈlevld//
     
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    -ing form levelling
    BrE BrE//ˈlevlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlevlɪŋ//
     
    (especially US English) -ing form leveling
    BrE BrE//ˈlevlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlevlɪŋ//
     
    Construction
     
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    make flat
  1. 1[transitive] level something (off/out) to make something flat or smooth If you're laying tiles, the floor will need to be levelled first. See related entries: Construction
  2. destroy
  3. 2[transitive] level something to destroy a building or a group of trees completely by knocking it down synonym raze The blast levelled several buildings in the area. See related entries: Construction
  4. make equal
  5. 3[transitive, intransitive] level (something) to make something equal or similar Davies levelled the score at 2 all.
  6. point
  7. 4[transitive] level something (at somebody) to point something, especially a gun, at somebody I had a gun levelled at my head. More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet.
  8. Word Origin Middle 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 Bulldozers are now waiting to level their home. She brought her right hand from behind her and levelled the pistol. She levelled the gun at his head.Idioms
    level the playing field
     
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    to create a situation where everyone has the same opportunities
    Phrasal Verbslevel something against somebodylevel somethingdownlevel offlevel uplevel somethinguplevel with somebody
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