• Lower


    • UK IPA: /ˈləʊə/
    • US IPA: /ˈloÊŠÉš/
    • Rhymes: -əʊə(r)

    Origin 1

    From low + -er ("comparative")


    1. lower

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



    1. lower

      (comparative of low)

    Full definition of lower


    1. (transitive) To let descend by its own weight, as something suspended; to let downlower a bucket into a wellto lower a sail of a boat
    2. (transitive) to pull downto lower a flagLowered softly with a threefold cord of love
      Down to a silent grave.
      Alfred Tennyson.
    3. (transitive) To reduce the height oflower a fence or walllower a chimney or turret
    4. (transitive) To depress as to directionlower the aim of a gun
    5. (transitive) To make less elevatedto lower one's ambition, aspirations, or hopes
    6. (transitive) To reduce the degree, intensity, strength, etc., oflower the temperaturelower one's vitalitylower distilled liquors
    7. (transitive) To bring down; to humblelower 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 goodslower the interest rate
    10. (intransitive) To fall; to sink; to grow less; to diminish; to decreaseThe river lowered as rapidly as it rose.
    11. (intransitive) To decrease in value, amount, etc.


    • (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


    • UK IPA: /ˈlaÊŠÉ™/, /ˈlaÊŠ.É™/
    • US IPA: /ˈlaÊŠÉš/, /ˈlaÊŠ.Éš/

    Origin 2


    1. Alternative spelling of lour.

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