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, lowerverb

    the lower of two berths

  2. lower, take down, let down, get down, bring downverb

    move something or somebody to a lower position

    "take down the vase from the shelf"

  3. lower, lourverb

    set lower

    "lower a rating"; "lower expectations"

  4. turn down, lower, lourverb

    make lower or quieter

    "turn down the volume of a radio"

  5. lower, depressverb

    cause to drop or sink

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

  6. frown, glower, lour, lowerverb

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Loweradjective

    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. Loweradjective

    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. Loweradjective

    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. Loweradjective

    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. Loweradjective

    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. Loweradjective

    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. Loweradjective

    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. Lowerverb

    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. Lowerverb

    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. Lowerverb

    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. Lowernoun

    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. Lowernoun

    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.]

Matched Categories

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

How to pronounce lower?

  1. Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Indian

How to say lower in sign language?

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. Jeffrey Halley:

    The (China) GDP print has weighed on short-term sentiment and we have seen regional stock markets and oil contracts edge lower because of that.

  2. Chief Risk Officer Wilfried Nagel:

    About 97 percent of our balance sheet indirectly benefits from lower oil prices.

  3. Eric Marshall:

    There's a lot of cash still on the sidelines because of the worries over the global economy, over what's going to happen with lower commodity prices.

  4. Maureen Vogel:

    We know that countries have far, far lower crash rates than we do, and they're doing some very simple things that we could do to get to zero, our complacency kills us in the United States. We just have not had the stomach to do all of the things that we need to do, and if 40,000 deaths last year isn't our wake-up call, then what will be?

  5. Suzuka Watanabe:

    I agree there needs to be a system in which part-timers work for a short time and flexibly, but that doesn't mean part-timers should put up with lower hourly pay than full-time workers if they do the same job with the same responsibilities.

Images & Illustrations of lower

  1. lowerlowerlowerlowerlower

Popularity rank by frequency of use

lower#1#1104#10000

Translations for lower

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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

Get even more translations for lower »

Translation

Find a translation for the lower definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Discuss these lower definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "lower." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 2 Aug. 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/lower>.

    Are we missing a good definition for lower? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Quiz

    Are you a words master?

    »
    malicious satisfaction
    • A. gloat
    • B. abet
    • C. abrade
    • D. monish

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for lower: