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pla·teau

 (plă-tō′)
n. pl. pla·teaus or pla·teaux (-tōz′)
1. An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.
2. A relatively stable level, period, or state: Mortgage rates declined, then reached a plateau.
intr.v. pla·teaued, pla·teau·ing, pla·teaus
To reach a stable level; level off: "The tension seemed to grow by degrees, then it plateaued" (Tom Clancy).

[French, from Old French platel, platter, from plat, flat; see plate.]

plateau

(ˈplætəʊ)
n, pl -eaus or -eaux (-əʊz)
1. (Physical Geography) a wide mainly level area of elevated land
2. a relatively long period of stability; levelling off: the rising prices reached a plateau.
vb (intr)
to remain at a stable level for a relatively long period
[C18: from French, from Old French platel something flat, from plat flat; see plate]

Plateau

(ˈplætəʊ)
n
(Placename) a state of central Nigeria, formed in 1976 from part of Benue-Plateau State: tin mining. Capital: Jos. Pop: 3 178 712 (2006). Area: 30 913 sq km (11 936 sq miles)

pla•teau

(plæˈtoʊ; esp. Brit. ˈplæt oʊ)

n., pl. -teaus, -teaux (-ˈtoʊz, -toʊz)

v. -teaued, -teau•ing. n.
1. a land area having a relatively level surface considerably raised above adjoining land on at least one side.
2. a period or state of little or no growth or decline, esp. one in which increase or progress ceases: to reach a plateau in one's career.
v.i.
3. to reach a state or level of little or no growth or decline; stabilize.
[1785–95; < French; Old French platel flat object, diminutive of plat plate]

pla·teau

(plă-tō′)
An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land.

plateau

- Can refer to an ornamented dish or tray for serving food.
See also related terms for tray.

plateau


Past participle: plateauing
Gerund: plateaued

Imperative
plateau
plateau
Present
I plateau
you plateau
he/she/it plateaus
we plateau
you plateau
they plateau
Preterite
I plateauing
you plateauing
he/she/it plateauing
we plateauing
you plateauing
they plateauing
Present Continuous
I am plateaued
you are plateaued
he/she/it is plateaued
we are plateaued
you are plateaued
they are plateaued
Present Perfect
I have plateauing
you have plateauing
he/she/it has plateauing
we have plateauing
you have plateauing
they have plateauing
Past Continuous
I was plateaued
you were plateaued
he/she/it was plateaued
we were plateaued
you were plateaued
they were plateaued
Past Perfect
I had plateauing
you had plateauing
he/she/it had plateauing
we had plateauing
you had plateauing
they had plateauing
Future
I will plateau
you will plateau
he/she/it will plateau
we will plateau
you will plateau
they will plateau
Future Perfect
I will have plateauing
you will have plateauing
he/she/it will have plateauing
we will have plateauing
you will have plateauing
they will have plateauing
Future Continuous
I will be plateaued
you will be plateaued
he/she/it will be plateaued
we will be plateaued
you will be plateaued
they will be plateaued
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been plateaued
you have been plateaued
he/she/it has been plateaued
we have been plateaued
you have been plateaued
they have been plateaued
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been plateaued
you will have been plateaued
he/she/it will have been plateaued
we will have been plateaued
you will have been plateaued
they will have been plateaued
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been plateaued
you had been plateaued
he/she/it had been plateaued
we had been plateaued
you had been plateaued
they had been plateaued
Conditional
I would plateau
you would plateau
he/she/it would plateau
we would plateau
you would plateau
they would plateau
Past Conditional
I would have plateauing
you would have plateauing
he/she/it would have plateauing
we would have plateauing
you would have plateauing
they would have plateauing

plateau

A large area of high land with a fairly flat top and steep sides.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plateau - a relatively flat highlandplateau - a relatively flat highland    
highland, upland - elevated (e.g., mountainous) land
mesa, table - flat tableland with steep edges; "the tribe was relatively safe on the mesa but they had to descend into the valley for water"
bench, terrace - a level shelf of land interrupting a declivity (with steep slopes above and below)

plateau

noun
1. upland, table, highland, mesa, tableland a high, flat plateau of cultivated land
2. levelling off, level, stage, stability The economy is stuck on a plateau of slow growth.
Translations
نَجْد، هَضَبَههضبة
náhorní plošina
højsletteplateau
fennsík
háslétta
plynaukštė
plakankalneplato
náhorná plošina

plateau

[ˈplætəʊ] N (plateaus or plateaux (pl)) [ˈplætəʊz]
1. (Geog) → meseta f
high plateau (in LAm) → altiplano m
2. (fig) → estancamiento m, punto m muerto

plateau

[ˈplætəʊ] [plateaus] (pl) [plateaux] [ˈplætəʊz] (pl)
n
(GEOGRAPHY)plateau m
(= levelling off) → plateau m
to reach a plateau → atteindre un plateau
vi (= level off) [rate, growth, cost] → atteindre un plateau

plateau

n pl <-s or -x> (Geog) → Plateau nt, → Hochebene f; the rising prices have reached a plateaudie Preise steigen nicht mehr und haben sich eingependelt

plateau

[ˈplætəʊ] n (plateaus or plateaux (pl)) (Geog) → altopiano

plateau

(ˈplӕtəu) , ((American) plӕˈtəu) plurals ˈplateaus ~ˈplateaux (-z) noun
an area of high flat land; a mountain with a wide, flat top.