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Dictionary Definition

lower adj
1 (usually preceded by `no') lower in esteem; "no less a person than the king himself" [syn: less]
2 inferior in rank or status; "the junior faculty"; "a lowly corporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinate functionary" [syn: junior-grade, inferior, lower-ranking, lowly, petty(a), secondary, subaltern, subordinate]
3 the bottom one of two; "he chose the lower number"
4 of the underworld; "nether regions" [syn: chthonian, chthonic, nether] n : the lower of two berths [syn: lower berth]


1 move something or somebody to a lower position; "take down the vase from the shelf" [syn: take down, let down, get down, bring down] [ant: raise]
2 set lower; "lower a rating"; "lower expectations" [syn: lour]
3 cause to drop or sink; "The lack of rain had depressed the water level in the reservoir" [syn: depress]
4 make lower or quieter; "turn down the volume of a radio" [syn: turn down, lour]
5 look angry or sullen, wrinkle one's forehead, as if to signal disapproval [syn: frown, glower, lour]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (comparative of "low"; let descend by its own weight, etc):
    • (UK): /ˈləʊə/, /"l@U@/
    • (US): /ˈloʊɚ/, /"loU@`/
    • Rhymes with: -əʊə(r)
  • (lour):
    • (UK): /ˈlaʊə/, /"laU@/
    • (US): /ˈlaʊɚ/, /"laU@`/

Etymology 1

low + -er




comparative of low
  • Czech: nižší
* Czech: dolní

Etymology 2

lowren, luren; See Dutch loeren, Late German luren. German lauern "to lurk", "to be on the watch", and English leer, lurk.


  1. To let descend by its own weight, as something suspended; to let down; as, to lower a bucket into a well; to lower a sail or a boat; sometimes, to pull down; as, to lower a flag.
    Lowered softly with a threefold cord of love Down to a silent grave. Tennyson.
  2. To reduce the height of; as, to lower a fence or wall; to lower a chimney or turret.
  3. To depress as to direction; as, to lower the aim of a gun.
  4. To make less elevated as to object; as, to lower one's ambition, aspirations, or hopes.
  5. To reduce the degree, intensity, strength, etc., of; as, to lower the temperature of anything; to lower one's vitality; to lower distilled liquors.
  6. To bring down; to humble; as, to lower one's pride.
  7. (lower oneself) To humble oneself; to do something one considers to be beneath one's dignity.
  8. To reduce (something) in value, amount, etc.; as, to lower the price of goods, the rate of interest, etc.
  9. To fall; to sink; to grow less; to diminish; to decrease; as, the river lowered as rapidly as it rose.
  10. 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
let (something) descend by its own weight, such as a bucket or sail
  • French: abaisser (bucket, etc), amener (sail, flag)
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: شۆڕ کردن
reduce the height of, as a fence or chimney
  • Czech: snížit
  • French: baisser, abaisser
depress as to direction, as a gun
  • French: baisser
make less elevated as to object, as ambitions or hopes
reduce the degree, intensity, strength, etc., of, as temperature
  • French: baisser, diminuer
transitive: to humble
reflexive: to humble oneself
  • French: s'abaisser
reduce (something) in value, amount, etc.
  • French: baisser, abaisser, diminuer, réduire
to fall, to grow less
  • French: baisser, diminuer, réduire
intransitive: to decrease in value
  • French: baisser

Etymology 3


  1. alternative spelling of lour

Extensive Definition

Lower may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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