- 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
- 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
Related Wordsdepress, drop, reduce, sink, pare, cut, soften, lessen, devalue, decrease, slash, downgrade, diminish, curtail, depreciate, junior, reduced, minor, low, subordinate
Examples from the Web for lowers
They tend to attend worse schools, which lowers their future earnings potential.The U.S. Is Losing a Generation to Poverty
September 18, 2014
Perhaps worst of all, this scramble for spoils raises the value of gains even as it lowers the bar for action.Is Democracy Doomed Abroad?
August 31, 2014
The higher the volume at a factory, the more productive it is, which lowers costs.Tesla’s Radical Patent Move is a Plot to Take Over the Road
June 15, 2014
“Feel my noodle,” he says as he lowers a forkful onto her face.How ‘Real World’ Sean Duffy Morphed Into the Shutdown Congressman
October 10, 2013
The CBO said this about the health care law back in 2010: It lowers the deficit, by about $124 billion over 10 years.Ryan's Budget and Obamacare: His Own Facts
March 11, 2013
It lowers my hope of a better and more equitable form of society.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
I didn't want to exhibit it, as it lowers one to do so, and Naudet also opposed it.His Masterpiece
Lowers plum to mouth, imitating eating, tapping the chest the while.Dramatized Rhythm Plays
John N. Richards
A woman must understand that she lowers herself by belittling her sisters.
She stops, gives me a quick look and then turns red and lowers her eyes.
- 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 lowers
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.