level up

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level up (third-person singular simple present levels up, present participle leveling up or levelling up, simple past and past participle leveled up or levelled up)

  1. (transitive, literally and figurative) To raise to the same level or status; to improve so as to become as good as others.
    Antonym: level down
    The government promises to level up the department.
    • 2020 February 4, Phillip Inman, “Set targets to 'level up' regions, says Industrial Strategy Council”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Boris Johnson should consider setting targets to level up the UK’s weakest regions to tackle widespread inequality, according to one of the government’s senior independent policy advisers.
  2. (role-playing games, video games, intransitive) To progress to the next level of player character stats and abilities, often by acquiring experience points in role-playing games.
    I leveled up after defeating the dragon.