low·​er·​ing | \ ˈlau̇-(ə-)riŋ, ˈlō- \

Definition of lowering

: dark and threatening : gloomy rain pouring down from a lowering sky

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Synonyms & Antonyms for lowering


beclouded, clouded, cloudy, dull, hazed, hazy, heavy, overcast, overclouded


clear, cloudless

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Examples of lowering in a Sentence

the lowering sky made us think twice about going to the park we chose our next words carefully, mindful of the lowering expression on his face

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This column has mentioned the abundance of recent research showing how lowering corporate income tax rates drives wages higher. James Freeman, WSJ, "Maybe The Obama Era Really Is Ending," 7 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of lowering

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lowering was in the 15th century

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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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