level

level
1. The phrase at — level is well established and has a useful role to play:

• No work is at present supported at international level on oil seeds such as sunflower, safflower and rapeseed —Nature, 1974

• The Treasury took the lead in setting up official inter-departmental committees, some at permanent-secretary level —Harold Wilson, 1976

• If you are looking for a vice-chancellor, ideally you want to appoint a candidate who knows how the system works at national level —Times Higher Educational Supplement, 2006

2. Level playing field is a vogue use that arose in the 1980s and 1990s referring to a sphere of activity in which no particular side has the advantage. It has rapidly achieved the status of cliché, and the verbal plays are already proliferating among journalists with column-inches to fill:

• That is not a level playing field. It is not even just a home-field advantage. It is like asking their competitors to play ball in a swamp —Washington Journalism Review, 1990

• One of several suggestions was that BSkyB might be broken up to level the playing field —Business & Money, 2007

3. For the verb, the inflected forms are levelled, levelling in BrE and leveled, leveling in AmE.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Level — Lev el (l[e^]v [e^]l), a. 1. Even; flat; having no part higher than another; having, or conforming to, the curvature which belongs to the undisturbed liquid parts of the earth s surface; as, a level field; level ground; the level surface of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • level# — level vb point, train, *direct, aim, lay level adj Level, flat, plane, plain, even, smooth, flush are comparable chiefly as applied to surfaces and as meaning having a surface comparable to that of a perfectly calm body of water with no part… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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