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noun level pronunciation in British English /ˈlev(ə)l/ 
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singularlevel
plurallevels
  1. 1
    [countable] the amount of something, especially when it can be counted or measured

    Unemployment is now at its lowest level for 15 years.

    level of:

    The level of inflation has continued to rise.

    a high/low level:

    There is a very high level of crime in this area.

    at a level:

    Interest rates will probably remain at the same level for a few more months.

    1. a.
      the amount of liquid that there is in a container, which can be seen by how high the liquid is

      Check the level of fluid in the tank.

      Be careful not to let the oil level drop too far.

      The river is at its highest level for several years.

    2. b.
      the amount of a chemical in another substance

      A simple blood test is used to measure the level of alcohol in the blood.

      The study found quite high levels of mercury in some drinking water.

    3. c.
      the amount of a feeling that you feel
      level of:

      I fully understand the level of anger felt by the victims' families.

      Many people have to cope with very high levels of stress at work.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] the standard of someone's ability

    He went on to study maths at university level.

    This will be her first opportunity to play at international level.

    This is an excellent book for advanced level students.

    1. a.
      the job that someone has in a company or organization, which shows how senior they are

      He came into the firm at junior management level.

      There will be no pay increases for staff at secretarial level and below.

    2. b.
      the place that someone has in a society, which shows how rich or important they are

      These social changes will affect everyone, at all levels of society.

  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] a part or stage in a system that has several parts or stages

    Decisions should be taken at local, not national, level.

    by the time children reach secondary school level

  4. 4
    [countable/uncountable] one of the floors in a building

    a garage at basement level

  5. 7
    [countable/uncountable] a particular height

    Raise both arms to shoulder level.

  6. 8
    [countable] a way of understanding or expressing something

    The story can be understood on several different levels.

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