Main definitions of lower in English

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lower1

  • comparative of low

adjective

  • 1Less high in position.

    ‘the lower levels of the building’
    • ‘The proposal for a new building had a more plausible scale and circulation pattern in a somewhat lower structure.’
    • ‘Resuscitation may have dislodged it and allowed minute food particles to pass into the lower respiratory tract.’
    bottom, bottommost, under, underneath, further down, beneath, nether
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    1. 1.1 Less 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.
  • 2Archaeology Geology
    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 union of Upper and Lower Egypt’

adverb

  • In or into a lower position.

    ‘the sun sank lower’

Pronunciation

lower

/ˈləʊə/

Main definitions of lower in English

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lower2

verb & noun

  • variant spelling of lour

Pronunciation

lower

/ˈləʊə/

Main definitions of lower in English

: lower1lower2lower3

lower3

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Move (someone or something) in a downward direction.

    ‘he watched the coffin being lowered into the ground’
    • ‘A white disc is lowered into the water until it can no longer be seen.’
    • ‘The national red-and-white flag was then lowered to half-mast.’
    • ‘A mere glance upwards at a bright lamp caused it to lower from the domed ceiling.’
    • ‘So ski patrollers finally slid along the cables, fitted the passengers with harnesses and lowered them to the ground one by one.’
    • ‘The first panel had been lowered into place and was being anchored.’
    • ‘He gently lowered his head and rested it on the cold glass.’
    • ‘The eagle touched down, and the platform slowly lowered down to the ground.’
    • ‘He lowered his hand, moving his focus to the paints and pencils and brushes that had been forgotten for so long.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He stood by as baskets of mutton and fish were lowered in together like coffins in a communal grave.’
    • ‘Mona stood still as the casket was lowered slowly into the ground.’
    • ‘He turned to tap on his laptop and a plasma screen lowered from the ceiling.’
    • ‘In Germany flags were lowered to half-mast at federal buildings.’
    • ‘He gently lowered her head from his shoulder onto the pillow and got off the bed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The new sonar is carefully lowered by crane into the water.’
    • ‘As they watched, screens lowered from the ceiling to show the battle.’
    • ‘Villagers cheered as the building was lowered by crane off a flatbed lorry.’
    • ‘Everyone watched in silence as the Stars and Stripes and the Union flag were lowered to half-mast.’
    move down, let down, take down, haul down, drop, let fall, let sink
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    1. 1.1 Make or become less in amount, intensity, or degree.
      with object ‘traffic speeds must be lowered’
      ‘she lowered her voice to a whisper’
      no object ‘temperatures lowered’
      • ‘Cost is still an important part of the equation, but technology can lower costs without any need to move offshore.’
      • ‘Stronger signals, reduction in congestion and lowering the drop call rate are on the agenda.’
      • ‘Costs, already greatly reduced, must be lowered even further if the airline is to compete in an increasingly cut-throat word.’
      • ‘The problem isn't merely that standards must be lowered in order for the weaker students to pass.’
      • ‘When countries like Korea moved to lower their interest rates their currencies appreciated.’
      • ‘We've seen tremendous moves made toward lowering the tension there.’
      • ‘Once completed the speed limit will be lowered from 40 mph to 30 mph.’
      • ‘The second act has him lowering his own moral standards to do what proves necessary to survive.’
      • ‘Her voice lowered to a substantial degree, as if she spoke of something resentful.’
      • ‘The Fed lowered its overnight bank lending rate to 1.25 percent, the lowest since 1961, in November.’
      • ‘The announcement regarding the move to lower its debt is expected to be accompanied by confirmation that it is to make job cuts across the group to cut costs.’
      • ‘The move was meant to lower prices and encourage the building of more power plants.’
      • ‘That is something the Executive has refused to do, on the grounds it would lower esteem for children from broken homes.’
      • ‘Workers initially demanded a 24 percent wage increase which union officials lowered to 20 percent.’
      • ‘The temperature can gradually be lowered but should never be allowed to fall below 45 degrees.’
      • ‘A tear glimmered and her voice lowered to a mere whisper.’
      • ‘Then I remembered where we were and lowered my voice again to a whisper.’
      • ‘For instance, when Penn State students take off for the holidays, the temperatures in the buildings can be lowered to 55 degrees.’
      • ‘But they may have to be lowered later to prevent the rest of the economy sliding back into recession.’
      • ‘Each concluded that department standards had been 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 oneself Behave 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She will not regard it as lowering herself, or pandering to the male chauvinist ego.’
      • ‘I can't imagine the French lowering themselves to pay more attention to him than the other street performers on Parisian streets.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You have lowered yourself to an extent I didn't think was conceivable.’
      • ‘But does it not say something if they are still trying to get more money by lowering themselves to prostitution?’
      • ‘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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Phrases

  • lower the boom on

    • 1informal Treat (someone) severely.

      ‘his fellow Democrats don't want to be seen as lowering the boom on him’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’’
      • ‘His edgy temper flared again on April 18, when he lowered the boom on a dry cleaner.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They lowered the boom on him, for no particular reason, after a snap decision that only took a few months.’
      1. 1.1Put a stop to (an activity)
        ‘let's lower the boom on high-level corruption’
        • ‘We just need to get a lock on power for another four years, and then we'll lower the boom on big government.’
        • ‘He can scarce contain his glee as he is lauded him for lowering the boom on government troughing.’
  • lower the tone

    • Diminish the general spirit or moral character of a conversation, place, etc.

      ‘trust you to lower the tone of the conversation’
      • ‘It looks really untidy and lowers the tone of the whole area.’
      • ‘Graffiti is a nuisance, it lowers the tone of the neighbourhood and everybody's quality of life suffers.’
      • ‘In Surrey's stockbroker belt, they were regarded by some as lowering the tone.’
      • ‘Curling might be the world's nicest sport, where courtesy and even chumminess between competitors is a founding principle, but the partisan crowd did their best to lower the tone yesterday.’
      • ‘But organizers of the ball say the agreement lowers the tone of the society gathering and have tried to ban the wealthy entrepreneur.’

Pronunciation

lower

/ˈləʊə/