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1‘the curtain covers the lower half of the window’
bottom, bottommost, under, underneath, further down, beneath, nether
top, upper, higher
2‘the lower house of the German parliament’
subordinate, inferior, lesser, junior, minor, secondary, lower-level, lower-grade, subsidiary, ancillary, second-fiddle, subservient
3‘you may have to accept a lower price’
cheaper, reduced, decreased, lessened, curtailed, pruned, cut, slashed
1‘she lowered the mask’
move down, let down, take down, haul down, drop, let fall, let sink
raise, lift up
2‘the crowd had lowered their voices’
soften, modulate, quieten, hush, tone down, muffle, turn down, mute
3‘demand could be stimulated by lowering taxes’
reduce, decrease, lessen, bring down, diminish, curtail, prune, pare, pare down, ease up on, cause to fall, slim down, mark down, cut, slash, axe
4‘the water level lowered’
subside, fall, fall off, recede, ebb, wane
abate, die down, let up, moderate, diminish, lessen
5‘he must really love her to lower himself in this way’
degrade, debase, demean, abase, humble, humiliate, downgrade, discredit, shame, dishonour, disgrace
belittle, cheapen, devalue
condescend, deign, stoop, sink, descend, vouchsafe
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