There are 3 main definitions of lower in English:

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lower 1

Pronunciation: /ˈləʊə/
comparative of low1.


1Less high in position: the lower levels of the building
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  • 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.
1.1Less high in status or amount: managers lower down the hierarchy lower costs will encourage people to buy
1.2(Of an animal or plant) showing relatively primitive or simple characteristics.
1.3 (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 Palaeolithic
1.4 [in place names] Situated to the south: the union of Upper and Lower Egypt


In or into a lower position: the sun sank lower



Pronunciation: /ˈləʊəməʊst/
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.

Words that rhyme with lower

bower, cower, devour, dower, embower, empower, endower, flour, flower, gaur, Glendower, glower, hour, lour, our, plougher (US plower), power, scour, shower, sour, Stour, sweet-and-sour, tower anoa, Balboa, blower, boa, foregoer, goer, grower, hoer, jerboa, knower, Krakatoa, Lebowa, moa, mower, Mururoa, Noah, o'er, proa, protozoa, rower, Samoa, sewer, Shenandoah, shower, sower, spermatozoa, Stour, thrower, tower
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lower 2

Pronunciation: /ˈləʊə/


[with object]
1Move (someone or something) in a downward direction: he watched the coffin being lowered into the ground
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  • 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.
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
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  • For instance, when Penn State students take off for the holidays, the temperatures in the buildings can be lowered to 55 degrees.
  • The problem isn't merely that standards must be lowered in order for the weaker students to pass.
  • Costs, already greatly reduced, must be lowered even further if the airline is to compete in an increasingly cut-throat word.
1.2 (lower oneself) Behave in a way that is perceived as unworthy or debased: he must really love her to be able to lower himself to this
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  • 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.
degrade, debase, demean, abase, humble, humiliate, downgrade, discredit, shame, dishonour, disgrace;
belittle, cheapen, devalue;
(lower oneself) condescend, deign, stoop, sink, descend, vouchsafe



lower the boom on

North American informal
Treat (someone) severely: his fellow Democrats don’t want to be seen as lowering the boom on him
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  • 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.
1.1Put a stop to (an activity): let’s lower the boom on high-level corruption
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  • 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.

lower the tone

Diminish the general spirit or moral character of a conversation, place, etc. trust you to lower the tone of the conversation
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  • It looks really untidy and lowers the tone of the whole area.
  • Graffiti is a nuisance, it lowers the tone of the neighbourhood and everybody's quality of life suffers.
  • But organizers of the ball say the agreement lowers the tone of the society gathering and have tried to ban the wealthy entrepreneur.
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lower 3

Pronunciation: /ˈləʊə/

verb& noun

Variant spelling of lour.
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