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plateau

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Geography
plateauplat‧eau1 /ˈplætəʊ $ plæˈtoʊ/ ●○○ noun (plural plateaus or plateaux /-təʊz $ -ˈtoʊz/) [countable]  1 SGa large area of flat land that is higher than the land around it2 PERIOD OF TIMEa period during which the level of something does not change, especially after a period when it was increasing Inflation rates have reached a plateau.
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plateauThe fifteenth, seemingly relatively tame at 167 yards, had a plateau green that sloped from right to left.The king's highway, an important trade route, ran down the eastern plateau.Then teammate Joel Zide of Northridge quickened the pace to reach the five-fish plateau first.We inched up over the ridge and began our descent on to the high, tree-stippled plateau of far western Chihuahua.Alkaline basalts record the passage of the plateau over a hotspot during the Eocene.This place, the plateau, was where we'd spend most of our time on Back Hill.They were tired and ill and they could not walk up to the plateau.The plateau was a far cry from the workaday cottages by the harbour.
plateauplateau2 verb [intransitive]  if something plateaus, it reaches and then stays at a particular level The athletic footwear market has not yet plateaued.→ See Verb tableFrom Longman Business Dictionaryplateauplat‧eau1 /ˈplætəʊplæˈtoʊ/ verb [intransitive] if something plateaus, it reaches and then stays at a particular levelThe athletic footwear market has not yet plateaued.→ See Verb tableplateauplateau2 noun [countable usually singular] a period during which the level of something does not change, especially after it has been increasingThe rate of inflation has reached a plateau.
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Verb table
plateau
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyplateau
he, she, itplateaus
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyplateaued
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave plateaued
he, she, ithas plateaued
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad plateaued
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill plateau
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have plateaued
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam plateauing
he, she, itis plateauing
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you, we, theyare plateauing
Past
I, he, she, itwas plateauing
you, we, theywere plateauing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been plateauing
he, she, ithas been plateauing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been plateauing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be plateauing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been plateauing
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