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Meaning of lower by Wiktionary Dictionary

lower


    Etymology 1

    From low + -er ( “comparative” )

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈləʊə/, X-SAMPA: /"l@U@/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈloʊɚ/, X-SAMPA: /"loU@`/
    • Rhymes: -əʊə( r )

    Adjective

    lower

    1. comparative form of low: more low

    Adverb

    lower

    1. comparative form of low: more low

    Verb

    lower ( third-person singular simple present lowers present participle lowering, simple past and past participle lowered )

    1. ( transitive ) To let descend by its own weight, as something suspended; to let down
      lower a bucket into a well
      to lower a sail of a boat
    2. ( transitive ) to pull down
      to lower a flag
      Lowered softly with a threefold cord of love / Down to a silent grave. Alfred Tennyson .
    3. ( transitive ) To reduce the height of
      lower a fence or wall
      lower a chimney or turret
    4. ( transitive ) To depress as to direction
      lower the aim of a gun
    5. ( transitive ) To make less elevated
      to lower one's ambition, aspirations, or hopes
    6. ( transitive ) To reduce the degree, intensity, strength, etc., of
      lower the temperature
      lower one's vitality
      lower distilled liquors
    7. ( transitive ) To bring down; to humble
      lower one's pride
    8. ( reflexive ) ( lower oneself ) To humble oneself; to do something one considers to be beneath one's dignity .
      I could never lower myself enough to buy second-hand clothes .
    9. ( transitive ) To reduce ( something ) in value, amount, etc .
      lower the price of goods
      lower the interest rate
    10. ( intransitive ) To fall; to sink; to grow less; to diminish; to decrease
      The river lowered as rapidly as it rose .
    11. ( intransitive ) To decrease in value, amount, etc .
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    Etymology 2

    Old English lowren, luren; See Dutch loeren, Late German luren. German lauern ( “to lurk, to be on the watch” ), and English leer, lurk .

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    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈlaʊə/, X-SAMPA: /"laU@/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈlaʊɚ/, X-SAMPA: /"laU@`/

    Verb

    lower ( third-person singular simple present lowers present participle lowering, simple past and past participle lowered )

    1. ( intransitive ) To be dark, gloomy, and threatening, as clouds; to be covered with dark and threatening clouds, as the sky; to show threatening signs of approach, as a tempest.
    2. ( intransitive ) To frown; to look sullen.

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Explanation of lower by Wordnet Dictionary

lower


    Verb
    1. look angry or sullen, wrinkle one's forehead, as if to signal disapproval

    2. make lower or quieter

    3. set lower

    4. lower a rating
      lower expectations
    5. cause to drop or sink

    6. move something or somebody to a lower position

    Noun
    1. the lower of two berths



    Definition of lower by GCIDE Dictionary

    lower


    1. Lower a. Compar. of Low, a.

    2. Lower, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lowered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Lowering.] [From Low, a.]
      1. To let descend by its own weight, as something suspended; to let down; as, “to lower a bucket into a well; to lower a sail or a boat”; sometimes, to pull down; as, “to lower a flag”.

      Lowered softly with a threefold cord of love

      Down to a silent grave. Tennyson.

      2. To reduce the height of; as, “to lower a fence or wall; to lower a chimney or turret.”

      3. To depress as to direction; as, “to lower the aim of a gun”; to make less elevated as to object; as, “to lower one's ambition, aspirations, or hopes”.

      4. To reduce the degree, intensity, strength, etc., of; as, “to lower the temperature of anything; to lower one's vitality; to lower distilled liquors.”

      5. To bring down; to humble; as, “to lower one's pride”.

      6. To reduce in value, amount, etc.; as, “to lower the price of goods, the rate of interest, etc.”

    3. Lower, v. i. To fall; to sink; to grow less; to diminish; to decrease; as, “the river lowered as rapidly as it rose”.

    4. Lower v. i. [imp. & p. p. Lowered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Lowering.] [OE. lowren, luren; cf. D. loeren, LG. luren. G. lauern to lurk, to be on the watch, and E. leer, lurk.]
      1. To be dark, gloomy, and threatening, as clouds; to be covered with dark and threatening clouds, as the sky; to show threatening signs of approach, as a tempest.

      All the clouds that lowered upon our house. Shak.

      2. To frown; to look sullen.

      But sullen discontent sat lowering on her face. Dryden.

    5. Lower, n. [Obs.]
      1. Cloudiness; gloominess.

      2. A frowning; sullenness.

      adj.
      1. relating to small or noncapital letters which were kept in the lower half of a compositor's type case. Also See minuscule, minuscular.