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level off

1. To make something, like a surface, level or even. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "level" and "off." If you aren't careful to level off the floor, it will slope downward.
2. To reach a state of stability after a period of fluctuation. I recently went through a growth spurt, but the doctor thinks my height will level off now. Will taxes in this area ever level off? I can't afford another increase!
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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

[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 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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In addition, 30.3% expect the economy to level off throughout the year, while 10.6% forecast an expansion in the first half and a leveling off or contraction in the second half.
LEVELING OFF? -- The daily chart (above) suggests that maybe, just maybe, the price of an OPEC barrel is settling down in the upper 50s.
"The change from the first half of 2002 was negligible and, though we cannot be sure that we have reached the bottom, it seems that the decline we've been witnessing is now leveling off and in the coming year we may begin to see costs rise again."
Zhang's team is the first to detect such a leveling off in the data from one X-ray source.
Despite the continued slump in the Manhattan office market, the overall position of landlords has remained strong and asking rents are leveling off, according to the 3rd Quarter report issued by GVA Williams.
The overall slowdown in gains reflects a leveling off of yields in some of the major cereal-producing countries, observes Agriculture Department agronomist Thomas R.
We see this decline as a short term (2-3 quarter) cycle and foresee the market leveling off in the future, unless there is a catastrophic drop in the economy.
They expected that improvements in mean running velocity would show signs of leveling off as athletes approached physiological limits.
There may be some concern that this represents the start of an extended decline, although it appears more likely that the construction industry is now in the process of leveling off near its 2000 volume."
"I don't know what the limitations are, but there is no indication that the [upward] trend of energy is leveling off," Friedlander says.
births -- may be leveling off, but it remains especially high in one category of babies: those weighing 1 to 3 pounds.