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.
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.
- low·er·a·ble, adjective
Other definitions for lower (2 of 2)
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.
- Also lour [louuhr, lou-er] /laʊər, ˈlaʊ ər/ .
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How to use lower in a sentence
A lower court had put the execution on hold, and Alabama asked the Supreme Court to step in.Supreme Court says Alabama cannot execute inmate without his pastor present | Robert Barnes | February 12, 2021 | Washington Post
The gas pumps that allow you to raise and lower your chair are fairly complex instruments, but the best desk chairs will have a smooth operation for a longer time.
Balance ball chairs are great for lower back pain and improving postureBalance ball chairs are a great option for those looking to get a health boost throughout the workday.
Using a lower broiler setting will still give dishes a lovely crust, but it will happen slower, and you won’t have to hover quite so anxiously by the stove.
Versatile heat settings also let you keep your overall thermostat lower, which is better for saving money, better for the earth, and often better for your sinuses.Best heated throw blanket: Bundle up with these electric blankets | PopSci Commerce Team | February 11, 2021 | Popular-Science
Dossi initially was listed in critical condition with wounds to his arm and lower back.
Girls raised in households with more equitable fathers show lower rates of unwanted sex.
Since then, the rising gap between the rich and middle- and lower-income families has risen to the fore.
States were encouraged and allowed to lower standards to make it appear they were improving.The ‘No Child’ Rewrite Threatens Your Kids’ Future | Jonah Edelman | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
I learned that he was working and living in the lower East Side, delivering orders for an Italian restaurant and raising two kids.
On the upper part of the stem the whorls are very close together, but they are more widely separated at the lower portion.How to Know the Ferns | S. Leonard Bastin
First a shower of shells dropping all along the lower ridges and out over the surface of the Bay.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
There are many more good dwellings on this plain than in the rural portion of lower Italy.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
It depends upon the fact that bile acids lower surface tension.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
The eyebrows were low and thick, the upper lip was sensitive, quivering sometimes as she talked, but the lower was firm and full.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for lower (1 of 2)
being below one or more other things: the lower shelf; the lower animals
reduced in amount or value: a 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, etc: Lower 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, etc: to lower oneself
to reduce or be reduced: to lower one's confidence
(tr) to make quieter: to 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
- lowerable, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for lower (2 of 2)
(esp of the sky, weather, etc) to be overcast, dark, and menacing
to scowl or frown
a menacing scowl or appearance
- lowering or louring, adjective
- loweringly or louringly, adverb
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Scientific definitions for lower
Being an earlier division of the geological or archaeological period named. Compare upper.
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