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lowadjective, adverb [-er/-est only]

 us   /loʊ/

low adjective, adverb [-er/-est only] (NOT HIGH)

not high or tall; close to the ground, or near the bottom of something: a low fence/ceiling Until I’m a better skier, I’ll stay on the lower slopes. That plane is flying awfully low.

low adjective, adverb [-er/-est only] (SMALLER THAN USUAL)

smaller than the usual or average size, number, value, or amount: They have the lowest food prices in town. Temperatures will dip lower near the end of the week. Believe it or not, this dessert is low in calories. If a supply of something becomes low, you have very little of it left: We’re running low on gas. Low can also mean producing only a small amount of sound, heat, or light: They spoke in low voices. She turned the heat down low. Low can also mean of bad quality: My test results were disappointingly low.

lowadjective

 us   /loʊ/

low adjective (NOT IMPORTANT)

[-er/-est only] not important, or not of high rank: low social status

low adjective (SOUND)

(of a sound or voice) near or at the bottom of the range of sounds: a low voice/notelow-pitched If a sound is low-pitched, it is at the bottom of the range of sounds: He gave a low-pitched whistle and his dog came running.

low adjective (NOT KIND)

(of behavior or speech) mean or unfair: What a cruel comment – how low can you get?

low adjective (UNHAPPY)

[-er/-est only] unhappy or discouraged: She’s feeling pretty low because she failed her driver’s test.

lownoun [C]

 us   /loʊ/

low noun [C] (SMALLER THAN USUAL)

a smaller than usual amount or level, or the smallest amount or level: Enrollment at the college reached new lows this fall. The temperature in Boston reached a record low last night.
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