Plateau definition

plă-tō
To reach a stable level; level off.
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An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.
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A period, level, etc. of relative stability, or relatively little change, as can be shown by a flat extent on a graph, etc.; specif., a period in which an individual's learning rate does not improve.
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An elevated tract of more or less level land; tableland; mesa.
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An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land. Plateaus make up about 45 percent of the Earth's land surface.
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To become relatively stable or constant, as in position.
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A plateau is high, flat ground or a situation where something has stalled that was progressing forward previously.

An example of a plateau is a high, flat field.

An example of a plateau is a situation where no progress is being made on a project while you await funding approval.

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A relatively stable level, period, or state.

Mortgage rates declined, then reached a plateau.

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The definition of a plateau is high, flat ground or a situation where something has stalled that was progressing forward previously.

An example of plateau is when a project stalls and can't move forward because decisions cannot be made.

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A largely level expanse of land at a high elevation; tableland.
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A comparatively stable level in something that varies.
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(dated) An ornamental dish for the table; a tray or salver.
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(sports, broadcasting) A notable level of attainment or achievement.
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(intransitive) Reach a stable level; level off.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
plateau
Plural:
plateaux

Origin of plateau

  • French from Old French platel platter from plat flat plate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French plateau, diminutive of plat (“a plate"); see plate.

    From Wiktionary