Definition of level noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary





1 [countable] the amount of something that exists in a particular situation at a particular timea test that checks the level of alcohol in the blooda relatively low/high level of crimelow/high pollution levelsProfits were at the same level as the year before.


2 [countable, uncountable] a particular standard or qualitya high level of achievementa game with 15 levelsWhat is the level of this course?I refuse to sink to their level (= behave as badly as them). see also entry-level

rank in scale

3 [uncountable, countable] a position or rank in a scale of size or importancea decision made at board levelDiscussions are currently being held at national level.

point of view

4 [countable] a particular way of looking at, reacting to, or understanding somethingOn 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.


5 [countable, uncountable] the height of something in relation to the ground or to what it used to bethe level of water in the bottleThe cables are buried one yard below ground level.The floodwater nearly reached roof level. see also eye level, sea level


6 [countable] a floor of a building; a layer of groundThe library is all on one level.Archaeologists found pottery in the lowest level of the site.a multilevel parking lot see also split-level


7 [countable] = spirit level

on the level

(also on the up and up)(informal) honest; legal synonym aboveboardI'm not convinced he's on the level.Are you sure this deal is on the level?on the level