level3 past tense and past participle levelled, present participle levelling British English, past tense and past participle leveled, present participle leveling American English
1 [transitive] also level something ↔ off/out
to make something flat and smooth:
Workers leveled the wet concrete with a piece of wood.
Cover with a layer of sand and level it off.
to knock down or destroy a building or area completely:
Bombs levelled a large part of the town.
3 [intransitive and transitive] British EnglishDS
to make the score in a game or competition equal:
He slipped the ball into the net to level the score at 1/1.
United went ahead but the visitors levelled in the 73rd minute.
to aim criticism etc at a particular person, country etc, especially publicly
the criticism levelled at the United States
Serious allegations were levelled against the minister.
level something at somebody/somethingphrasal verb
Slowly he levelled his gun at the tiger.
level off/outphrasal verb
to stop going up or down and continue at the same height:
After climbing steeply, the path levelled off.
The plane levelled out at 30,000 feet.
to stop rising or falling and become steady:
Inflation has begun to level off.
to make something flat and smooth
level with somebodyphrasal verb
She decided to level with him and tell him how she felt.