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lowercase

[loh-er-keys]
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adjective
  1. (of an alphabetical letter) of a particular form often different from and smaller than its corresponding capital letter, and occurring after the initial letter of a proper name, of the first word in a sentence, etc. Examples: a, b, q, r.
  2. Printing. pertaining to or belonging in the lower case.Compare case2(def 8).
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verb (used with object), low·er·cased, low·er·cas·ing.
  1. to print or write with a lowercase letter or letters.
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noun
  1. a lowercase letter.
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Origin of lowercase

First recorded in 1675–85
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v.

"to set (text) in lower-case type," 1911, from lower-case (adj.). Related: Lowercased; lowercasing.

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