There are 3 definitions of lower in English:

lower1

Syllabification: low·er
Pronunciation: /ˈlōər
 
/

adjective

1 comparative of low1.
2Less high: the lower levels of the building managers lower down the hierarchy
More example sentences
  • The proposal for a new building had a more plausible scale and circulation pattern in a somewhat lower structure.
  • Resuscitation may have dislodged it and allowed minute food particles to pass into the lower respiratory tract.
Synonyms
bottom, bottommost, nether, under; underneath, further down, beneath
2.1(Of an animal or plant) showing relatively primitive or simple characteristics.
2.2 (often Lower) Geology & Archaeology Denoting an older (and hence usually deeper) part of a stratigraphic division or archaeological deposit or the period in which it was formed or deposited: Lower Cretaceous Lower Paleolithic
3(In place names) situated on less high land or to the south or toward the sea: the sweatshops of the Lower East Side

adverb

Back to top  
In or into a lower position: the sun sank lower

Derivatives

lowermost

Pronunciation: /-ˌmōst/
adjective
More example sentences
  • Also, there is a need to provide a positive signal when the user steps on the lowermost rung of the ladder to prevent the possible injury described above.
  • The other method is to apply coats of special waterproof cement on the inside surfaces of the walls and lowermost floor, using pressure adhesion.

Definition of lower in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day guzzle
Pronunciation: ˈgʌz(ə)l
verb
eat or drink (something) greedily

There are 3 definitions of lower in English:

lower2

Syllabification: low·er
Pronunciation: /ˈlōər
 
/

verb

[with object]
1Move (someone or something) in a downward direction: he watched the coffin being lowered into the ground
More example sentences
  • Upon the third ring, my other hand released his and I lowered my fist, moving away from the elder man and back to my laptop.
  • He lowered his hand, moving his focus to the paints and pencils and brushes that had been forgotten for so long.
  • He stood by as baskets of mutton and fish were lowered in together like coffins in a communal grave.
Synonyms
move down, let down, take down, haul down, drop, let fall
1.1Make or become less in amount, intensity, or degree: [with object]: traffic speeds must be lowered she lowered her voice to a whisper [no object]: temperatures lowered
Synonyms
soften, modulate, quiet, hush, tone down, muffle, turn down, mutereduce, decrease, lessen, bring down, mark down, cut, slash, ax, diminish, curtail, prune, pare (down)subside, fall (off), recede, ebb, wane; abate, die down, let up, moderate, diminish, lessen
1.2 (lower oneself) Behave in a way that is perceived as unworthy or debased.
More example sentences
  • He lowers himself and the book by covering these topics.
  • It makes perfect sense for supermodels to love me, but there's really no reason for them to be lowering themselves to fools like Pete.
  • I think my greatest disappointment was really the commissioners' behavior with regard to lowering themselves to partisan politics.
Synonyms
degrade, debase, demean, abase, humiliate, downgrade, discredit, shame, dishonor, disgrace; belittle, cheapen, devalue; (lower oneself)stoop, sink, descend

Phrases

lower the boom on

informal Treat or reprimand (someone) severely.
More example sentences
  • He came in and lowered the boom on a lot of people, and he didn't let people off the hook just because they were friendly or nice.
  • He says he simply forgot about memos in his own hand in 1981 and 1984 that show him lowering the boom on two previously undisclosed priests accused of molestation.
  • They lowered the boom on him, for no particular reason, after a snap decision that only took a few months.
Put a stop to (an activity): let’s lower the boom on high-level corruption
More example sentences
  • He can scarce contain his glee as he is lauded him for lowering the boom on government troughing.
  • We just need to get a lock on power for another four years, and then we'll lower the boom on big government.

Definition of lower in:

There are 3 definitions of lower in English:

lower3

Syllabification: low·er
Pronunciation: /ˈlou(ə)r
 
/
(also lour)

verb

[no object]
1Look angry or sullen; frown: the lofty statue lowers at patients in the infirmary
More example sentences
  • Two guys worked the kitchen - a dark, lowering, Heathcliffy fellow and a chirpy-looking, more English chap in glasses.
1.1(Of the sky, weather, or landscape) look dark and threatening: (as adjective lowering) a day of lowering clouds
More example sentences
  • While their only rivals Sheffield Collegiate overcame the sea fret at Hull, Harrogate raced to beat dark, lowering Wolds cloud at Driffield.
  • The sky was a leaden gray, darkening and lowering towards the west, promising rain.
Synonyms
overcast, dark, leaden, gray, cloudy, clouded, gloomy, threatening, menacing, promising rain

noun

Back to top  
1A scowl.
1.1A dark and gloomy appearance of the sky, weather or landscape.

Origin

Middle English: of unknown origin.

Derivatives

loweringly

adverb
More example sentences
  • When he looked loweringly up, quivering at each sound, his eyes had the expression of those of a criminal who thinks his guilt little and his punishment great, and knows that he can find no words.
  • He entered, eyeing the tutor suspiciously and loweringly.
  • That is the ugliest, most loweringly brutal-looking theatre I ever remember seeing.

Definition of lower in: