V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. a natural or artificial embankment by a river, to contain flooding; 2. a river landing place

Synonyms: bank, embankment, lakefront, lakeshore, cliff, barrier, wharf, jetty, pier, dock


Tips: Think of the related noun level, which means "height." A levee helps control water levels by preventing the overflow of a river, but it can also refer to a pier or wharf, although the first usage is more common. Levee can also be used as a verb, meaning, "to build a levee."

Usage Examples:

After the levee broke, more than 3,000 acres of farmland was flooded. (embankment, barrier)

In order to make a natural fish habitat, the Fish and Wildlife Service had to destroy a part of the lake's levee. (barrier, embankment)

We docked our sailboat alongside the levee. (dock, pier)

I came ashore on the levee after my morning swim. (bank, lakeshore)

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