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
They tend to attend worse schools, which lowers their future earnings potential.
Perhaps worst of all, this scramble for spoils raises the value of gains even as it lowers the bar for action.
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 | Daniel Gross | June 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Any activity that helps you to relax lowers your metabolic rate to help promote sleep, says Dr. Suh.
A man reclining in a poolside canvas chair lowers the paper he is reading to what the silence is about.The Best Scenes From Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Counselor’ Screenplay | Thomas Flynn | October 27, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
They do not congeal for the reason that the salt of the ocean lowers the point at which the water solidifies to near 28° Fahr.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
Although some of the younger cattle still struggle she lowers her head and wiggles her ears and stands perfectly still.The Red Cow and Her Friends | Peter McArthur
Living at great heights, and trying to sleep at great heights, lowers the vitality enormously.Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921 | Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
A bitterly cold wind not only robs one of much heat, but lowers the vitality as well.Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921 | Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
As Spencer said, every pain lowers the tide of life; every pleasure raises the tide of life.Theism or Atheism | Chapman Cohen
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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