lower

verb (1)
low·er | \ˈlau̇(-ə)r, ˈlō-ər \
variants: or less commonly \ˈlau̇(-ə)r \
lowered also loured; lowering also louring; lowers also lours

Definition of lower 

(Entry 1 of 4)

intransitive verb

1 : to look sullen : frown

2 : to be or become dark, gloomy, and threatening an overcast sky lowered over the village

lower

noun
variants: or less commonly lour

Definition of lower (Entry 2 of 4)

: frown

lower

adjective
low·er | \ˈlō-ər \

Definition of lower (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : relatively low in position, rank, or order

2 : southern lower New York State

3 : less advanced in the scale of evolutionary development

4a : situated or held to be situated beneath the earth's surface

b capitalized : being an earlier epoch or series of the period or system named Lower Cretaceous Lower Paleolithic

5 : constituting the popular and often the larger and more representative branch of a bicameral legislative body lower house

lower

verb (2)
low·er | \ˈlō-ər \
lowered; lowering; lowers

Definition of lower (Entry 4 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to move down : drop also : diminish

transitive verb

1a : to let descend : let down

b : to depress as to direction lower your aim

c : to reduce the height of

2a : to reduce in value, number, or amount

b(1) : to bring down in quality or character : degrade

(2) : abase, humble

c : to reduce the objective of

lower the boom

: to deal a crushing blow or punishment

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Synonyms & Antonyms for lower

Synonyms: Noun

face, frown, grimace, mouth, mug, pout, scowl

Synonyms: Adjective

inferior, junior, less, lesser, minor, smaller, subordinate

Antonyms: Adjective

greater, higher, major, more, primary, prime, senior, superior

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Examples of lower in a Sentence

Noun

he turned to see the scornful lower on her face

Adjective

the ship's upper and lower decks The message appeared on the lower portion of the screen. the mountain's upper and lower slopes The forecast is for strong winds at lower elevations. in the lower and higher latitudes the lower and upper peninsulas
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

These gaps at the lower end of the labor market can be traced back to weak government programs and hamstrung union bargaining, the report says. Andrew Van Dam, chicagotribune.com, "Is it great to be a worker in the U.S.? Not compared with the rest of the developed world.," 5 July 2018 These gaps at the lower end of the labor market can be traced back to weak government programs and hamstrung union bargaining, the report says. Andrew Van Dam, latimes.com, "The economy is hot, yet many U.S. workers feel left behind. A new report sheds some light," 5 July 2018 These gaps at the lower end of the labor market can be traced back to weak government programs and hamstrung union bargaining, the report says. Andrew Van Dam, chicagotribune.com, "Is it great to be a worker in the U.S.? Not compared with the rest of the developed world.," 5 July 2018 These gaps at the lower end of the labor market can be traced back to weak government programs and hamstrung union bargaining, the report says. Andrew Van Dam, latimes.com, "The economy is hot, yet many U.S. workers feel left behind. A new report sheds some light," 5 July 2018 Dozens of these ultra-green schools are going up in every sort of district—urban and rural, affluent and lower income, blue state and red state. Chris Berdik, WIRED, "Solar Panels Power New Schools—and New Ways of Learning," 6 June 2018 Burger chains overall fall at the lower end of the fast-food industry. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "Chick-fil-A holds lead as top fast-food restaurant for third year; Cracker Barrel no longer first in full-service," 6 July 2018 These gaps at the lower end of the labor market can be traced back to weak government programs and hamstrung union bargaining, the report says. Andrew Van Dam, latimes.com, "The economy is hot, yet many U.S. workers feel left behind. A new report sheds some light," 5 July 2018 These gaps at the lower end of the labor market can be traced back to weak government programs and hamstrung union bargaining, the report says. Andrew Van Dam, chicagotribune.com, "Is it great to be a worker in the U.S.? Not compared with the rest of the developed world.," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of lower

Verb (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1575, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for lower

Verb (1)

Middle English louren; akin to Middle High German lūren to lie in wait

Adjective

low entry 3

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The first known use of lower was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for lower

lower

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of lower

: located below another or others of the same kind

: located toward the bottom part of something

: not high above the ground

lower

adjective
low·er | \ˈlō-ər \

Kids Definition of lower

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : located below another or others of the same kind a lower floor

2 : located toward the bottom part of something the lower back

3 : placed below another or others in rank or order a lower court

4 : less advanced or developed lower animals

lower

verb
lowered; lowering

Kids Definition of lower (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to move to a level or position that is below or less than an earlier one The sun lowered in the west.

2 : to let or pull down He lowered a flag.

3 : to make or become less (as in value, amount, or volume) The store lowered the price.

4 : to reduce the height of We'll lower the fence.

lower

noun

Medical Definition of lower 

: the lower member of a pair especially : a lower denture

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