What does lower mean?

Definitions for lower
ˈloʊ ərlow·er

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word lower.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lower berth, lower(verb)

    the lower of two berths

  2. lower, take down, let down, get down, bring down(verb)

    move something or somebody to a lower position

    "take down the vase from the shelf"

  3. lower, lour(verb)

    set lower

    "lower a rating"; "lower expectations"

  4. turn down, lower, lour(verb)

    make lower or quieter

    "turn down the volume of a radio"

  5. lower, depress(verb)

    cause to drop or sink

    "The lack of rain had depressed the water level in the reservoir"

  6. frown, glower, lour, lower(verb)

    look angry or sullen, wrinkle one's forehead, as if to signal disapproval

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lower(adj)

    compar. of Low, a

    Etymology: [OE. lowren, luren; cf. D. loeren, LG. luren. G. lauern to lurk, to be on the watch, and E. leer, lurk.]

  2. Lower(adj)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. lowren, luren; cf. D. loeren, LG. luren. G. lauern to lurk, to be on the watch, and E. leer, lurk.]

  3. Lower(adj)

    to reduce the height of; as, to lower a fence or wall; to lower a chimney or turret

    Etymology: [OE. lowren, luren; cf. D. loeren, LG. luren. G. lauern to lurk, to be on the watch, and E. leer, lurk.]

  4. Lower(adj)

    to depress as to direction; as, to lower the aim of a gun; to make less elevated as to object; as, to lower one's ambition, aspirations, or hopes

    Etymology: [OE. lowren, luren; cf. D. loeren, LG. luren. G. lauern to lurk, to be on the watch, and E. leer, lurk.]

  5. Lower(adj)

    to reduce the degree, intensity, strength, etc., of; as, to lower the temperature of anything; to lower one's vitality; to lower distilled liquors

    Etymology: [OE. lowren, luren; cf. D. loeren, LG. luren. G. lauern to lurk, to be on the watch, and E. leer, lurk.]

  6. Lower(adj)

    to bring down; to humble; as, to lower one's pride

    Etymology: [OE. lowren, luren; cf. D. loeren, LG. luren. G. lauern to lurk, to be on the watch, and E. leer, lurk.]

  7. Lower(adj)

    to reduce in value, amount, etc. ; as, to lower the price of goods, the rate of interest, etc

    Etymology: [OE. lowren, luren; cf. D. loeren, LG. luren. G. lauern to lurk, to be on the watch, and E. leer, lurk.]

  8. Lower(verb)

    to fall; to sink; to grow less; to diminish; to decrease; as, the river lowered as rapidly as it rose

    Etymology: [OE. lowren, luren; cf. D. loeren, LG. luren. G. lauern to lurk, to be on the watch, and E. leer, lurk.]

  9. Lower(verb)

    to be dark, gloomy, and threatening, as clouds; to be covered with dark and threatening clouds, as the sky; to show threatening signs of approach, as a tempest

    Etymology: [OE. lowren, luren; cf. D. loeren, LG. luren. G. lauern to lurk, to be on the watch, and E. leer, lurk.]

  10. Lower(verb)

    to frown; to look sullen

    Etymology: [OE. lowren, luren; cf. D. loeren, LG. luren. G. lauern to lurk, to be on the watch, and E. leer, lurk.]

  11. Lower(noun)

    cloudiness; gloominess

    Etymology: [OE. lowren, luren; cf. D. loeren, LG. luren. G. lauern to lurk, to be on the watch, and E. leer, lurk.]

  12. Lower(noun)

    a frowning; sullenness

    Etymology: [OE. lowren, luren; cf. D. loeren, LG. luren. G. lauern to lurk, to be on the watch, and E. leer, lurk.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lower

    low′ėr, v.i. to appear gloomy, as the clouds: to threaten a storm: to frown.—adjs. Lou′ry, Low′ery, cloudy; Low′ering, looking sullen: appearing dark and threatening.—adv. Low′eringly. [M. E. louren, from M. E. lure, lere, the cheek, allied to A.S. hleór, and thus a variant of leer.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lower' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #872

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lower' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1564

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lower' in Verbs Frequency: #616

Anagrams for lower »

  1. Owler

  2. Rowel

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lower in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lower in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of lower in a Sentence

  1. Tingting Shen:

    Among those who have been interrogated by police in the past year, condom usage rates are clearly lower.

  2. Judith Martin, (Miss Manners):

    There are three social classes in America: upper middle class, middle class, and lower middle class.

  3. Victoria Burley:

    On average, intakes of dietary fiber in the U.S. and other economically developed countries are much lower than recommended goals – in the U.S., about half of what is advised.

  4. Brent Schutte:

    People are worried about the jobs report and global growth in general and that is pushing markets lower.

  5. Clif Porter:

    Clearly, there's a role for what I would call lower-tech workers, any policy, frankly, that encourages lifting those caps will go a long, long way in helping us fulfill the needs we have in our sector.

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Translations for lower

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  • أنزلArabic
  • abaixar, baixar, disminuir, reduirCatalan, Valencian
  • spustit, snížitCzech
  • herunterlassenGerman
  • bajarSpanish
  • laskea, madaltaa, alentua, alentaaFinnish
  • baisser, s'abaisser, réduire, diminuer, abaisser, amenerFrench
  • sìolaidhScottish Gaelic
  • basigarIdo
  • abbassareItalian
  • 下げる, 下ろすJapanese
  • شۆڕ کردنKurdish
  • subsum, discedoLatin
  • whakahaka, whakamahuru, whakahekeMāori
  • abaixar, baixar, rebaixar, diminuir, reduzir, baratear, descerPortuguese
  • опускать, снижать, унижаться, унизиться, понизить, унижать, снизить, понизиться, понижать, снижаться, снизиться, спустить, опустить, унизить, понижаться, спускатьRussian
  • uniziti, poniziti se, sniziti, spustiti, poniziti, uniziti se, smanjitiSerbo-Croatian
  • abaxhî, rabaxhî, dischinde, baxhîWalloon

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