low|er1 [ˈləuə US ˈlouər] adj
1.) [only before noun]
below something else, especially below something of the same type
≠ ↑upper
Nina chewed her lower lip anxiously.
Ruth went down to the lower deck (=lower level on a ship) .
your lower limbs
(=your legs)
2.) [only before noun]
at or near the bottom of something
≠ ↑upper
the lower slopes of the mountain
She suffers with pain in her lower back.
3.) smaller in number or amount
Temperatures will be lower over the weekend.
4.) [only before noun]
less important than something else of the same type
the lower levels of management
lower 2
lower2 S3 v
2¦(move down)¦
3 lower your eyes/head
4 lower yourself
5 lower the tone (of something)
1.) ¦(REDUCE)¦ [I and T]
to reduce something in amount, degree, strength etc, or to become less
Do you think we should lower the price?
After 20 minutes lower the temperature to 325°.
drugs to lower blood pressure
Helen lowered her voice (=made it quieter) as they approached.
His voice lowered (=became quieter) .
2.) ¦(MOVE DOWN)¦ [T]
to move something down from higher up
≠ ↑raise
Very gently, he lowered the dog onto the rug by the fire.
The flags were lowered to half-mast.
Greg watched as the coffin was lowered.
lower yourself
He lowered himself carefully down from the top of the wall.
3.) lower your eyes/head
to look down
≠ ↑raise
Christina blushed and lowered her eyes.
4.) lower yourself [usually in negatives]
to behave in a way that makes people respect you less
I wouldn't lower myself to speak to her after what she's done.
5.) lower the tone (of sth)
to make something not as nice as it was
They thought an influx of students would lower the tone of the neighborhood.
Trust you to lower the tone of the conversation (=include rude jokes etc in what you say) !
>lowered adj
He leaned forward and spoke in a lowered voice.
lower 3
low|er3 also lour BrE [ˈlauə US -ər] v [i]literary
1.) when the sky or the weather lowers, it becomes dark because there is going to be a storm
= ↑darken
lowering clouds
2.) to look threatening or annoyed
= ↑frown
The other driver lowered at us as we passed him.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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