Last modified on 17 July 2014, at 16:48

lower

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From low + -er (comparative)

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

lower

  1. comparative form of low: more low
  2. bottom; more towards the bottom than the middle of an object
  3. (geology, of strata or geological time periods) older
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AdverbEdit

lower

  1. comparative form of low: more low

VerbEdit

lower (third-person singular simple present lowers, present participle lowering, simple past and past participle lowered)

  1. (transitive) To let descend by its own weight, as something suspended; to let down
    lower a bucket into a well
    to lower a sail of a boat
  2. (transitive) to pull down
    to lower a flag
    Lowered softly with a threefold cord of love / Down to a silent grave. Alfred Tennyson.
  3. (transitive) To reduce the height of
    lower a fence or wall
    lower a chimney or turret
  4. (transitive) To depress as to direction
    lower the aim of a gun
  5. (transitive) To make less elevated
    to lower one's ambition, aspirations, or hopes
  6. (transitive) To reduce the degree, intensity, strength, etc., of
    lower the temperature
    lower one's vitality
    lower distilled liquors
  7. (transitive) To bring down; to humble
    lower one's pride
  8. (reflexive) (lower oneself) To humble oneself; to do something one considers to be beneath one's dignity.
    I could never lower myself enough to buy second-hand clothes.
  9. (transitive) To reduce (something) in value, amount, etc.
    lower the price of goods
    lower the interest rate
  10. (intransitive) To fall; to sink; to grow less; to diminish; to decrease
    The river lowered as rapidly as it rose.
  11. (intransitive) To decrease in value, amount, etc.
SynonymsEdit
  • (let (something) descend by its own weight, such as a bucket or sail): bring down
  • (reduce the height of, as a fence or chimney): shorten
  • (depress as to direction, as a gun):
  • (make less elevated as to object, as ambitions or hopes): reduce
  • (reduce the degree, intensity, strength, etc., of, as temperature): reduce, turn down
  • (transitive: to humble):
  • (reflexive: to humble oneself): be humble
  • (reduce (something) in value, amount, etc): cut, reduce
  • (intransitive: grow less): die off, drop, fall, fall off, shrink
  • (intransitive: decrease in value): become/get smaller, become/get lower, lessen, reduce
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Etymology 2Edit

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

lower (third-person singular simple present lowers, present participle lowering, simple past and past participle lowered)

  1. Alternative spelling of lour.
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