A level is a position in a scale. Attaining a high level of unemployment is depressing, but getting to a high level on a video game is exciting.

The verb level also means to flatten or destroy. For example, a mighty wind will level a grove of trees or a wrecking ball can level a building. As a noun, level notes the position of something on a scale of intensity. You feel a rising level of temperature as the sun gets higher in the sky. As an adjective, level describes something that is even and flat. A level path is easy to walk on.

Definitions of level
  1. noun
    a relative position or degree of value in a graded group
    synonyms: grade, tier
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    biosafety level
    the level of safety from exposure to infectious agents; depends on work practices and safety equipment and facilities
    A level
    the advanced level of a subject taken in school (usually two years after O level)
    GCSE, General Certificate of Secondary Education, O level
    the basic level of a subject taken in school
    college level
    the level of education that college students are assumed to have attained
    biosafety level 1
    exposure only to infectious agents that do not ordinarily cause human disease
    biosafety level 2
    exposure to infectious agents that can cause disease in humans but whose potential for transmission is limited
    biosafety level 3
    exposure to infectious agents that can be transmitted by the respiratory route and which can cause serious infection
    biosafety level 4
    exposure to exotic infectious agents that pose a high risk of life-threatening disease and can be transmitted as an aerosol and for which there is no vaccine or therapy
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    relative status
  2. noun
    a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process
    synonyms: degree, point, stage
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    ascending stages by which somebody or something can progress
    acme, elevation, height, meridian, peak, pinnacle, summit, superlative, tiptop, top, zenith
    the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
    the point or degree to which something extends
    end point, resultant
    the final point in a process
    standard of life, standard of living
    a level of material comfort in terms of goods and services available to someone or some group
    a level of existence or development
    state of the art
    the highest degree of development of an art or technique at a particular time
    ultimacy, ultimateness
    the state or degree of being ultimate; the final or most extreme in degree or size or time or distance, "the ultimacy of these social values"
    the stage of pregnancy at which the mother first feels the movements of the fetus
    the most severe stage of a disease
    the greatest or utmost degree
    extremeness of degree
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    the way something is with respect to its main attributes
  3. noun
    a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality
    “a high level of care is required”
    synonyms: degree, grade
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    caliber, calibre, quality
    a degree or grade of excellence or worth
    intensity, intensiveness
    high level or degree; the property of being intense
    the grade of particle fineness to which a substance is ground
    degree of psychological or intellectual profundity
    a high degree (of amount or force etc.)
    a lofty level or position or degree
    a low level or position or degree
    a low or small degree of any quality (amount or force or temperature etc.)
    the furthest or highest degree of something
    amplitude level
    the level on a scale of amplitude
    moderateness, moderation
    quality of being moderate and avoiding extremes
    immoderateness, immoderation
    the quality of being excessive and lacking in moderation
    SPF, sun protection factor
    the degree to which a sunscreen protects the skin from the direct rays of the sun
    high quality, superiority
    the quality of being superior
    inferiority, low quality
    an inferior quality
    force, forcefulness, strength
    physical energy or intensity
    badness, severeness, severity
    used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather
    emphasis, vehemence
    intensity or forcefulness of expression
    the greatest possible intensity
    ferocity, fierceness, furiousness, fury, vehemence, violence, wildness
    the property of being wild or turbulent
    profoundness, profundity
    intellectual depth; penetrating knowledge; keen insight; etc
    shallowness, superficiality
    lack of depth of knowledge or thought or feeling
    golden mean
    the middle between extremes
    moderation in expectations
    excess, excessiveness, inordinateness
    immoderation as a consequence of going beyond sufficient or permitted limits
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    a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class
  4. adjective
    of the score in a contest
    synonyms: even, tied
    having the same quantity, value, or measure as another
  5. noun
    height above ground
    “the water reached ankle level
    “the pictures were at the same level
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    altitude, height
    elevation especially above sea level or above the earth's surface
  6. noun
    an abstract place usually conceived as having depth
    “a good actor communicates on several levels
    synonyms: layer, stratum
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    an abstract mental location
  7. noun
    a flat surface at right angles to a plumb line
    “park the car on the level
    synonyms: horizontal surface
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    floor, flooring
    the inside lower horizontal surface (as of a room, hallway, tent, or other structure)
    paved surface
    a level horizontal surface covered with paving material
    a raised horizontal surface
    a paved surface where aircraft stand while not being used
    auction block, block
    a platform from which an auctioneer sells
    bandstand, outdoor stage, stand
    a platform where a (brass) band can play in the open air
    bell deck
    a floor under the bells of an open belfry
    narrow platform extending out into an auditorium
    crow's nest
    platform for a lookout at or near the top of a mast
    ambo, dais, podium, pulpit, rostrum, soapbox, stump
    a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it
    dance floor
    a bare floor polished for dancing
    any of various platforms built into a vessel
    dock, loading dock
    a platform where trucks or trains can be loaded or unloaded
    the floor of an automobile
    fly floor, fly gallery
    a narrow raised platform at the side of a stage in a theater; stagehands can work the ropes controlling equipment in the flies
    a narrow platform on which to stand or brace the feet
    the platform in the cab of a locomotive on which the engineer stands to operate the controls
    a platform at the head of a foremast
    an intermediate platform in a staircase
    landing stage
    platform from which passengers and cargo can be (un)loaded
    launch area, launch pad, launching pad, launchpad, pad
    a platform from which rockets or space craft are launched
    monkey bridge
    a high narrow platform above a deck or in an engine room or boiler room
    a portable platform for storing or moving goods that are stacked on it
    parquet, parquet floor
    a floor made of parquetry
    pavement, paving
    the paved surface of a thoroughfare
    dock, pier, wharf, wharfage
    a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats
    a platform usually marked off by ropes in which contestants box or wrestle
    road surface
    the paved surface of a paved roadway
    a strip of level paved surface where planes can take off and land
    a narrow platform extending from the stage into the audience in a theater or nightclub etc.
    a platform from which criminals are executed (hanged or beheaded)
    a paved surface on which cars can be made to skid so that drivers can practice controlling them
    a large platform on which people can stand and can be seen by an audience
    microscope stage, stage
    a small platform on a microscope where the specimen is mounted for examination
    platform at the top of a staircase
    macadam, tarmac, tarmacadam
    a paved surface having compressed layers of broken rocks held together with tar
    taxi strip, taxiway
    a paved surface in the form of a strip; used by planes taxiing to or from the runway at an airport
    platform surrounding the head of a lower mast
    truck bed
    the floor or bottom of a wagon or truck or trailer
    a circular horizontal platform that rotates a phonograph record while it is being played
    a rotatable platform with a track; used to turn locomotives and cars
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    the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary
  8. noun
    a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale
    “what level is the office on?”
    synonyms: floor, storey, story
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    basement, cellar
    the lowermost portion of a structure partly or wholly below ground level; often used for storage
    first floor, ground floor, ground level
    the floor of a building that is at or nearest to the level of the ground around the building
    attic, garret, loft
    floor consisting of open space at the top of a house just below roof; often used for storage
    floor consisting of a large unpartitioned space over a factory or warehouse or other commercial space
    entresol, mezzanine, mezzanine floor
    intermediate floor just above the ground floor
    artist's loft
    a factory loft that has been converted into an artist's workroom and living area
    a storage area in a cellar
    a small loft or garret
    hayloft, haymow, mow
    a loft in a barn where hay is stored
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    construction, structure
    a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts
  9. noun
    indicator that establishes the horizontal when a bubble is centered in a tube of liquid
    synonyms: spirit level
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    mason's level
    a level longer than a carpenter's level
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    a device for showing the operating condition of some system
  10. adjective
    having a surface without slope, tilt in which no part is higher or lower than another
    “acres of level farmland”
    synonyms: flat, plane
    being level or straight or regular and without variation as e.g. in shape or texture; or being in the same plane or at the same height as something else (i.e. even with)
  11. adjective
    being on a precise horizontal plane
    “a billiard table must be level
    parallel to or in the plane of the horizon or a base line
  12. adjective
    oriented at right angles to the plumb
    “the picture is level
    being level or straight or regular and without variation as e.g. in shape or texture; or being in the same plane or at the same height as something else (i.e. even with)
  13. verb
    make level or straight
    level the ground”
    synonyms: even, even out, flush
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    level to the right gradient
    strickle, strike
    smooth with a strickle
    level off with a strickle in a measuring container
    build up to a level by depositing sediment
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    change surface
    undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface
  14. verb
    become level or even
    “The ground levelled off”
    synonyms: level off
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    change surface
    undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface
  15. verb
    tear down so as to make flat with the ground
    “The building was levelled
    synonyms: dismantle, pull down, rase, raze, take down, tear down
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    erect, put up, raise, rear, set up
    construct, build, or erect
    flatten with or as if with a bulldozer
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    destroy, destruct
    do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of
  16. adjective
    not showing abrupt variations
    “spoke in a level voice”
    “"she gave him a level look"- Louis Auchincloss”
    synonyms: unwavering
    not subject to change or variation especially in behavior
  17. verb
    aim at
    level criticism or charges at somebody”
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    aim, direct, take, take aim, train
    point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards
  18. verb
    direct into a position for use
    synonyms: charge, point
    be positionable in a specified manner
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    aim, direct, take, take aim, train
    point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards
  19. verb
    talk frankly with; lay it on the line
    “I have to level with you”
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    speak, talk
    exchange thoughts; talk with
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