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



    BrE BrE//ˈlevl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlevl//
    Parts of a house
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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 computer game with 15 levels What is the level of this course? He studied French to degree level. Both players are on a level (= of the same standard). I refuse to sink to their level (= behave as badly as them). see also A level, entry-level
  4. rank in scale
  5. 3  [uncountable, countable] a position or rank in a scale of size or importance a decision taken 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 metre below ground level. The floodwater nearly reached roof level. The tables are not on a level (= the same height). 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 multi-level parking lot see also split-level See related entries: Parts of a house
  12. in computer games
  13. 7[countable] one of a series of stages in a computer game. Players progress from easy to more advanced levels within the game. Players advance to the next level by collecting all the pieces and constructing the spaceship. Each level is randomly generated so each game is different.
  14. tool
  15. 8[countable] = spirit level
  16. 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 200 m above sea level Are we on the right level for the restaurant? At a conscious level, I was quite satisfied with my life. At the local level there’s a lot to be said for the plan. Crime has reached its highest level ever. Emissions are well below the levels set by the WHO. Excessive levels of lead were found in the water. He rose to the level of general manager. He’s reading at grade level. Her blood pressure has returned to its normal level. Her illness has reached an advanced level. His English is way above the level of the other students. Industrial output has reached record levels. It’s time to take my career to the next level. Mortgage rates were 10% above their current level. On a superficial level everything appears to be in order, but at a deeper level you an see that there’s a lot wrong. On the second floor you are on a level with the treetops. Radiation is well below the permitted level. Rents will be kept at this level for another year. She has played tennis at a high level. She predicts that fuel prices will remain at current levels. Take the elevator to Level Four. The book is not suitable for students below degree level. The difficulty level of the exercises in the book varies widely. The party needs to win support at grass-roots level. The plane was flying at a very low level. The teaching is at quite a basic level. The thing has got to be organized on an international level. The water rose to the level of the ground floor windows. There will be stiff penalties if companies exceed these levels of pollution. These decisions are made at board level. They are going to raise the level of the banks to prevent flooding. They have a good range of entry-level computers for beginners. They have achieved higher levels of efficiency. They were asked to indicate the level of distress they experienced as a result of their experiences. They work hard, but with varying levels of success. We probably need to look at this problem at a more detailed level. You need to do all three levels to qualify as a canteen supervisor. a generous level of financial support for the arts a shelf at eye level a sport suitable for people of all fitness levels an acceptable level of risk below the level of the cloud keen amateurs who work hard, with varying levels of success language students at different levels of proficiency permitted levels of chemical pollutants students at intermediate level students who have reached the intermediate level the problem of rising sea levels the upper levels of the civil service the worst level of business failure since 1997 Another cause for concern is the rising level of crime. He has reached an advanced level in his studies. He promised reforms at all levels of government. High stress levels will affect employees’ productivity. It’s people at the lower levels within the company that will lose their jobs. Most of these students have a high level of language ability. On a more personal level, I would like to thank Jean for all the help she has given me. Remember that we parked on level 5. She reached a very high level at a very young age. She studied psychology at degree level. Standards of hygiene are at a fairly low level. The aim is to reduce pollution levels in the city. The decision is being made at top level. The school offers classes at all levels from beginner to advanced. There is a lot of corruption at a local level. These cities have relatively low levels of unemployment. This computer game has fifteen levels. a test to check the level of alcohol in the bloodIdioms
    on the level (North American English also on the up and up)
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    (informal) honest; legal synonym above board I'm not convinced he's on the level. Are you sure this deal is on the level?
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: level