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lower

verb low·er \ ˈlau̇(-ə)r , ˈlō-ər \
variants: or less commonly play \ˈlau̇(-ə)r\
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of lower

intransitive verb
1 :to look sullen :frown
2 :to be or become dark, gloomy, and threatening
  • an overcast sky lowered over the village

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Origin and Etymology of lower

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


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lower

noun
variants: or less commonly lour

Definition of lower

Examples of lower in a Sentence

  1. he turned to see the scornful lower on her face

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First Known Use of lower

14th century

lower Synonyms

Synonyms
face, frown, grimace (also lour), moue, mouth, mow, mug, pout, scowl, snoot
Related Words
flinch, squinch, wince; growl, snarl; rictus, simper, smirk; scoff, sneer; glare, glower, look, stare
Near Antonyms
grin, laugh, smile

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lower

adjective low·er \ ˈlō-ər \

Definition of lower

1 :relatively low in position, rank, or order
2 :southern
  • lower New York State
3 :less advanced in the scale of evolutionary development
4 a :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

Examples of lower in a Sentence

  1. the ship's upper and lower decks

  2. The message appeared on the lower portion of the screen.

  3. the mountain's upper and lower slopes

  4. The forecast is for strong winds at lower elevations.

  5. in the lower and higher latitudes

  6. the lower and upper peninsulas

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Origin and Etymology of lower


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lower

verb low·er \ ˈlō-ər \

Definition of lower

intransitive verb
:to move down :drop; also :diminish
transitive verb
1 a :to let descend :let down
b :to depress as to direction
  • lower your aim
c :to reduce the height of
2 a :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

First Known Use of lower

1575



LOWER Defined for English Language Learners

lower

adjective

Definition of lower for English Language Learners

  • : located below another or others of the same kind

  • : located toward the bottom part of something

  • : not high above the ground


LOWER Defined for Kids

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lower

adjective low·er \ ˈlō-ər \

Definition of lower for Students

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

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lower

verb

Definition of lower for Students

lowered; lowering
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.

Medical Dictionary

lower

noun

medical Definition of lower

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


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