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

 

plateau

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈplætəʊ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//plæˈtoʊ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they plateau
BrE BrE//ˈplætəʊ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//plæˈtoʊ//
 
he / she / it plateaus
BrE BrE//ˈplætəʊz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//plæˈtoʊz//
 
past simple plateaud
BrE BrE//ˈplætəʊd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//plæˈtoʊd//
 
past participle plateaud
BrE BrE//ˈplætəʊd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//plæˈtoʊd//
 
-ing form plateauing
BrE BrE//ˈplætəʊɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//plæˈtoʊɪŋ//
 
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[intransitive] plateau (out) to stay at a steady level after a period of growth or progress Unemployment has at last plateaued out. Prices have pretty much plateaued for now. See related entries: Trends Word Origin late 18th cent.: from French, from Old French platel, diminutive of plat ‘level’.
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