Quick answer
"Level" is a noun which is often translated as "el nivel", and "grade" is a noun which is often translated as "la nota". Learn more about the difference between "level" and "grade" below.
level(
leh
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vuhl
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (height)
a. el nivel
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
If the water level increases, the dam is opened to prevent flooding.Si aumenta el nivel del agua, se abre la presa para evitar inundaciones.
2. (degree)
a. el nivel
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My level of Spanish has increased substantially since I moved to Costa Rica.Mi nivel de español ha mejorado bastante desde que me mudé a Costa Rica.
3. (stage)
a. el nivel
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I only have 12 levels left in Space Invaders before I beat the game.Solo me quedan 12 niveles de Space Invaders antes de que gane el juego.
4. (rank)
a. el nivel
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The corruption extends to the highest levels of the government.La corrupción se extiende a los más altos niveles del gobierno.
5. (floor)
a. el piso
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Take the elevator to the third level; my office is the second door on the right.Toma el ascensor al tercer piso; mi oficina es la segunda puerta a la derecha.
6. (tool)
a. el nivel
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Can I borrow a level to hang these frames?¿Me puedes prestar un nivel para colgar estos cuadros?
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
7. (flat)
a. plano
Concrete should be poured on a level surface so that pools of water don't form.El hormigón se debe verter sobre una superficie plana para que no se formen charcos de agua.
b. llano
Sand the wall with sandpaper until it is completely flat before painting it.Lija la pared con papel de lija hasta que esté completamente llana antes de pintarla.
c. nivelado
If the first layer of a layer cake is not level, the whole cake could fall.Si la primera capa de un pastel de varias capas no está nivelada, todo el pastel podría caerse.
8. (related to height or position)
a. a la misma altura
When at your desk, your eyes should be level with the top of your monitor.Cuando estás en tu escritorio, tus ojos deben de estar a la misma altura que la parte superior del monitor.
b. empatado (sports)
The two teams are level after three quarters.Los dos equipos están empatados después de tres cuartos.
9. (unexcited)
a. desapasionado
For an environmentalist, he has a level attitude about global warming.Por ser un ambientalista, tiene una actitud desapasionada acerca del calentamiento global.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
10. (to make flat)
a. nivelar
Level the petri dish better so I can get a good look at the sample.Nivela la placa de petri más para que pueda mirar bien la prueba.
b. allanar
They leveled the backyard to prepare for the construction of the pool.Allanaron el patio para preparar para la construcción de la piscina.
c. aplanar
You have to level the dough with a rolling pin until it's one inch thick.Tienes que aplanar la masa con un rodillo hasta que tenga una pulgada de espesor.
11. (to raze)
a. arrasar
The twister leveled everything in its path.El tornado arrasó todo lo que estaba en su paso.
12. (to make equal)
a. igualar
The government intends to level the economic differences between households within the country.El gobierno tiene planes de igualar las diferencias económicas entre los hogares en el país.
13. (to direct)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
He kneeled down, leveled his gaze at her, and asked her to marry him.Él se arrodilló, dirigió su mirada hacia ella y le pidió que se casará con él.
The thief froze when I leveled my gun at him.El ladrón se quedó como una estatua cuando lo apunté con mi pistola.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
14. (to be honest)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Level with me. How did my presentation go?Sé honesto conmigo. ¿Cómo fue mi presentación?
The doctor leveled with his patient and told him that his condition was serious.El doctor fue franco con su paciente y le dijo que su estado de salud era grave.
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grade(
greyd
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (educational achievement)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. la nota
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I got the highest grade on the Spanish exam.Obtuve la nota más alta en el examen de español.
b. la calificación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Her grades have been improving.Sus calificaciones han estado mejorando.
2. (scholastic level)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el grado
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The fourth-grade students won the math competition.Los alumnos de cuarto grado ganaron el concurso de matemáticas.
b. el curso
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
What grade is your daughter in?¿En qué curso está tu hija?
3. (quality)
a. la calidad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We bought some grade-A meat.Compramos carne de la mejor calidad.
4. (military rank)
a. el grado
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
It's not possible to tell someone's grade just by looking at their insignia.No es posible saber el grado de alguien solo con mirar su insignia.
b. el rango
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
In the military, your pay increases with your grade.En el ejército, tu salario aumenta con tu rango.
5. (gradient)
a. la cuesta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Remember to downshift when going up a grade.Acuérdate de cambiar a una velocidad inferior cuando vas cuesta arriba.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
6. (to correct)
a. calificar
It took me an hour to grade the exams.Me tomó una hora calificar los exámenes.
b. corregir
It's the teacher's assistants who grade our tests, not the professor.Son los asistentes al profesor los que corrigen nuestros exámenes, no el profesor.
7. (to categorize)
a. clasificar
Wool is graded according to the fineness of the fiber.La lana se clasifica según lo fino de la fibra.
8. (to flatten)
a. nivelar
They graded the land before building the house.Nivelaron la tierra antes de construir la casa.
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