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Definition of level noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] the amount of something that exists in a particular situation at a particular time a test that checks the level of alcohol in the blood a relatively low/high level of crime low/high pollution levels Profits were at the same level as the year before.
  2. standard
  3. 2[countable, uncountable] a particular standard or quality a high level of achievement a game with 15 levels What is the level of this course? I refuse to sink to their level (= behave as badly as them). see also entry-level
  4. rank in scale
  5. 3[uncountable, countable] a position or rank in a scale of size or importance a decision made at board level Discussions are currently being held at national level.
  6. point of view
  7. 4[countable] a particular way of looking at, reacting to, or understanding something On a more personal level, I would like to thank Jean for all the help she has given me. Fables can be understood on various levels.
  8. height
  9. 5[countable, uncountable] the height of something in relation to the ground or to what it used to be the level of water in the bottle The cables are buried one yard below ground level. The floodwater nearly reached roof level. see also eye level, sea level
  10. floor/layer
  11. 6[countable] a floor of a building; a layer of ground The library is all on one level. Archaeologists found pottery in the lowest level of the site. a multilevel parking lot see also split-level
  12. tool
  13. 7[countable] = spirit level
  14. Idioms
    on the level (also on the up and up) (informal)
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    honest; legal synonym aboveboard I'm not convinced he's on the level. Are you sure this deal is on the level?
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: level