Main definitions of lower in English

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Pronunciation /ˈlō(ə)r/ /ˈloʊ(ə)r/

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  • comparative of low


  • 1Less high in position.

    • ‘the lower levels of the building’
    bottom, bottommost, under, underneath, further down, beneath, nether
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    1. 1.1Less high in status or amount.
      ‘managers lower down the hierarchy’
      • ‘lower costs will encourage people to buy’
      subordinate, inferior, lesser, junior, minor, secondary, lower-level, lower-grade, subsidiary, ancillary, second-fiddle, subservient
      cheaper, reduced, decreased, lessened, curtailed, pruned, cut, slashed
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    2. 1.2(of an animal or plant) showing relatively primitive or simple characteristics.
  • 2

    (also Lower)
    Geology Archaeology
    Denoting an older (and hence usually deeper) part of a stratigraphic division or archaeological deposit or the period in which it was formed or deposited.

    ‘Lower Cretaceous’
    • ‘Lower Palaeolithic’
  • 3in place names Situated to the south.

    • ‘the Lower East Side’


  • In or into a lower position.

    • ‘the sun sank lower’

Main definitions of lower in English

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Pronunciation /ˈlō(ə)r/ /ˈloʊ(ə)r/

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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Move (someone or something) in a downward direction.

    ‘he watched the coffin being lowered into the ground’
    • ‘Upon the third ring, my other hand released his and I lowered my fist, moving away from the elder man and back to my laptop.’
    • ‘He lowered his hand, moving his focus to the paints and pencils and brushes that had been forgotten for so long.’
    • ‘He stood by as baskets of mutton and fish were lowered in together like coffins in a communal grave.’
    • ‘So ski patrollers finally slid along the cables, fitted the passengers with harnesses and lowered them to the ground one by one.’
    • ‘Mona stood still as the casket was lowered slowly into the ground.’
    • ‘He gently lowered his head and rested it on the cold glass.’
    • ‘He gently lowered her head from his shoulder onto the pillow and got off the bed.’
    • ‘The national red-and-white flag was then lowered to half-mast.’
    • ‘The new sonar is carefully lowered by crane into the water.’
    • ‘Everyone watched in silence as the Stars and Stripes and the Union flag were lowered to half-mast.’
    • ‘In Germany flags were lowered to half-mast at federal buildings.’
    • ‘Villagers cheered as the building was lowered by crane off a flatbed lorry.’
    • ‘As they watched, screens lowered from the ceiling to show the battle.’
    • ‘He turned to tap on his laptop and a plasma screen lowered from the ceiling.’
    • ‘The eagle touched down, and the platform slowly lowered down to the ground.’
    • ‘A mere glance upwards at a bright lamp caused it to lower from the domed ceiling.’
    • ‘A white disc is lowered into the water until it can no longer be seen.’
    • ‘Amidst the drizzle and the strong winds, the box was lowered into the water.’
    • ‘Mules, lowered by rope down the narrow shaft into the mine, were used in the early mining operations.’
    • ‘The first panel had been lowered into place and was being anchored.’
    move down, let down, take down, haul down, drop, let fall, let sink
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    1. 1.1Make or become less in amount, intensity, or degree.
      with object ‘traffic speeds must be lowered’
      • ‘she lowered her voice to a whisper’
      • ‘temperatures lowered’
      soften, modulate, quieten, hush, tone down, muffle, turn down, mute
      reduce, decrease, lessen, bring down, diminish, curtail, prune, pare, pare down, ease up on, cause to fall, slim down, mark down, cut, slash, axe
      subside, fall, fall off, recede, ebb, wane
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    2. 1.2lower oneselfBehave in a way that is perceived as unworthy or debased.
      ‘he must really love her to be able to lower himself to this’
      • ‘He lowers himself and the book by covering these topics.’
      • ‘It makes perfect sense for supermodels to love me, but there's really no reason for them to be lowering themselves to fools like Pete.’
      • ‘I think my greatest disappointment was really the commissioners' behavior with regard to lowering themselves to partisan politics.’
      • ‘Faced with the EU's biggest crisis for two decades - the French and Dutch rejection of the constitution - European politicians and much of the media are lowering themselves to the occasion.’
      • ‘I can't imagine the French lowering themselves to pay more attention to him than the other street performers on Parisian streets.’
      • ‘But does it not say something if they are still trying to get more money by lowering themselves to prostitution?’
      • ‘Apparently that friend saw Lindt's photo on my blog and felt Lindt was lowering himself to be associated with a empty vessel like myself.’
      • ‘She will not regard it as lowering herself, or pandering to the male chauvinist ego.’
      • ‘You have lowered yourself to an extent I didn't think was conceivable.’
      • ‘And so what if the media have lowered themselves to airing snuff films in an effort to boost ratings?’
      degrade, debase, demean, abase, humble, humiliate, downgrade, discredit, shame, dishonour, disgrace
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    lower the boom on
    • 1North American informal Treat or reprimand (someone) severely.

      • ‘his fellow Democrats don't want to be seen as lowering the boom on him’
      • ‘He came in and lowered the boom on a lot of people, and he didn't let people off the hook just because they were friendly or nice.’
      • ‘He says he simply forgot about memos in his own hand in 1981 and 1984 that show him lowering the boom on two previously undisclosed priests accused of molestation.’
      • ‘They lowered the boom on him, for no particular reason, after a snap decision that only took a few months.’
      • ‘He was walking through the halls of the Department of Energy when an acquaintance came up to him and said, ‘Has Frank lowered the boom on you yet?’’
      • ‘Let the credit card companies eat it for a while by telling them to tighten their new credit requirements - don't just suddenly lower the boom on people.’
      • ‘His edgy temper flared again on April 18, when he lowered the boom on a dry cleaner.’
      1. 1.1Put a stop to (an activity)
        • ‘let's lower the boom on high-level corruption’
        • ‘He can scarce contain his glee as he is lauded him for lowering the boom on government troughing.’
        • ‘We just need to get a lock on power for another four years, and then we'll lower the boom on big government.’

Main definitions of lower in English

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(also lour)

Pronunciation /ˈlou(ə)r/ /ˈlaʊ(ə)r/

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intransitive verb

[no object]
  • 1Look angry or sullen; frown.

    ‘the lofty statue lowers at patients in the infirmary’
    • ‘Two guys worked the kitchen - a dark, lowering, Heathcliffy fellow and a chirpy-looking, more English chap in glasses.’
    scowl, frown, look sullen, glower, glare, grimace, give someone black looks, look daggers, look angry
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    1. 1.1(of the sky, weather, or landscape) look dark and threatening.
      ‘While their only rivals Sheffield Collegiate overcame the sea fret at Hull, Harrogate raced to beat dark, lowering Wolds cloud at Driffield.’
      • ‘The sky was a leaden gray, darkening and lowering towards the west, promising rain.’


  • 1A scowl.

    1. 1.1A dark and gloomy appearance of the sky, weather or landscape.


Middle English of unknown origin.



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