- to cause to descend; let or put down: to lower a flag.
- to make lower in height or level: to lower the water in a canal.
- to reduce in amount, price, degree, force, etc.
- to make less loud: Please lower your voice.
- to bring down in rank or estimation; degrade; humble; abase (oneself), as by some sacrifice of self-respect or dignity: His bad actions lowered him in my eyes.
- Music. to make lower in pitch; flatten.
- Phonetics. to alter the articulation of (a vowel) by increasing the distance of the tongue downward from the palate: The vowel of “clerk” is lowered to (ä) in the British pronunciation.
- to become lower, grow less, or diminish, as in amount, intensity, or degree: The brook lowers in early summer. Stock prices rise and lower constantly.
- to descend; sink: the sun lowering in the west.
- comparative of low1.
- of or relating to those portions of a river farthest from the source.
- (often initial capital letter) Stratigraphy. noting an early division of a period, system, or the like: the Lower Devonian.
- a denture for the lower jaw.
- a lower berth.
Origin of lower1
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- to be dark and threatening, as the sky or the weather.
- to frown, scowl, or look sullen; glower: He lowers at people when he's in a bad mood.
- a dark, threatening appearance, as of the sky or weather.
- a frown or scowl.
Origin of lower2
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Examples from the Web for lowered
Both the Ramos sons squeezed their eyes and lowered their heads, doing their best not to cry.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos
December 28, 2014
Last May, Israel lowered the minimum age for gender reassignment surgery from 21 to 18.
To increase profits, hospitals did what they could to increase “customers” and they lowered physician salaries.Will US Health Care Follow in China’s Bloody Footsteps?
September 21, 2014
So we had to have a pulley system where he was lowered on cables.Rob Reiner on the State of Romcoms, ‘The Princess Bride’s’ Alternate Ending, and the Red Viper
July 27, 2014
In the earnings report, it lowered expectations for sales growth and profits margins in the coming year.Whole Foods Is Getting Its Organic Lunch Eaten
May 9, 2014
She lowered her voice as her eyes dilated, and she laid her hand on his arm.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
The shades of his windows had been lowered against the heat.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The cow recoiled a few steps and lowered her head truculently.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
The horn will resound in welcome, the drawbridge will be lowered for us.The Dream
He lowered his voice as if a sea urchin might hear and tattle.Her Father's Daughter
- being below one or more other thingsthe lower shelf; the lower animals
- reduced in amount or valuea lower price
- maths (of a limit or bound) less than or equal to one or more numbers or variables
- (sometimes capital) geology denoting the early part or division of a period, system, formation, etcLower Silurian
- (tr) to cause to become low or on a lower level; bring, put, or cause to move down
- (tr) to reduce or bring down in estimation, dignity, value, etcto lower oneself
- to reduce or be reducedto lower one's confidence
- (tr) to make quieterto lower the radio
- (tr) to reduce the pitch of
- (tr) phonetics to modify the articulation of (a vowel) by bringing the tongue further away from the roof of the mouth
- (intr) to diminish or become less
- (esp of the sky, weather, etc) to be overcast, dark, and menacing
- to scowl or frown
- a menacing scowl or appearance
Word Origin and History for lowered
c.1600, "to descend, sink," from lower (adj.), from Middle English lahghere (c.1200), comparative of low (adj.). Transitive meaning "to let down, to cause to descend" attested from 1650s. Related: Lowered; lowering. In the sense "to cause to descend" the simple verb low (Middle English lahghenn, c.1200) was in use into the 18c.
"to look dark and threatening," also lour, Middle English louren, luren "to frown" (early 13c.), "to lurk" (mid-15c.), from Old English *luran or from its cognates, Middle Low German luren, Middle Dutch loeren "lie in wait." Form perhaps assimilated to lower (1). Related: Lowered; lowering.
c.1200, lahre, comparative of lah (see low (adj.)).
- Being an earlier division of the geological or archaeological period named. Compare upper.