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level off

[for variation or fluctuation in the motion of something] to diminish; [for a rate] to stop increasing or decreasing. The plane leveled off at 10,000 feet. After a while the workload will level off. Things will level off after we get through the end of the month.
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level something off

to make something level or smooth. You are going to have to level the floor off before you put the carpet down. Please level off the floor.
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level off

to stop increasing or being reduced The price of gas has finally leveled off after going up for several months. Television ratings had leveled off and then dropped slightly.
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level off

Move toward stability or consistency, as in Prices have leveled off. This idiom transfers a physical flattening to a figurative one. [Mid-1900s]
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level off

v.
1. To come to follow an even, flat path after rising or falling to some level: The airplane leveled off at 5,000 feet.
2. To stop changing after rising or falling to some level: Milk prices leveled off at $2 per gallon.
3. To make something smooth or flat: The carpenter used a plane to level off the top of the cabinet. I placed the uneven piece of molding in the vise and leveled it off with a file.
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Prices of key feedstocks (PTA and ethylene glycol) were driven up this past year by energy price increases but are expected to level off at their current high levels.
Leading business indicators have begun to level off and there are some early signs of softening.
When combined with the steady warming from greenhouse gases, this oscillation caused global temperatures to level off in mid-century, The researchers report their findings in the Feb.
However, the current demand/supply environment appears to be more balanced, and combined with the completion of capacity expansion, we expect revenues to level off and margin pressure over the long-term.
I think things are beginning to stabilize or level off,'' said Jim Link, the association's executive vice president.
Increases could be as much as 10% to 15% across the country and it may take as long as 18 to 24 months before supply and demand for these resources level off.