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low

adjective uk   /ləʊ/ us    /loʊ/

low adjective (NOT HIGH)

B1 not measuring much from the base to the top: a low fenceLow, short and shallow B1 close to the ground or the bottom of something: a low ceiling When we went skiing, I only went on the lower slopes.

low adjective (LEVEL)

A2 below the usual level: Temperatures are very low for the time of year. The big supermarket offers the lowest prices in town. These people are living on relatively low incomes. There is a tremendous need for more low-cost housing. a low-fat diet low-alcohol beer Vegetables are generally low in (= do not contain many) calories.Under and below A2 producing only a small amount of sound, heat, or light: They spoke in low voices so I would not hear what they were saying. Turn the oven to a low heat. Soft music was playing and the lights were low.Weakness and vulnerability B2 of bad quality, especially when referring to something that is not as good as it should be: low standards I have rather a low opinion of him. She has very low self-esteem.Not of good qualityRubbish and wasteInformal words for bad

low adjective (NOT IMPORTANT)

C1 not important because of being at or near the bottom of a range of things, especially jobs or social positions: low status jobs a low priority taskPosition and status in groups and organizationsOf little or less importance

low adjective (NOT HONEST)

not honest or fair: How low can you get? That was a pretty low trick to play.Dishonest

low adjective (SOUND)

B2 (of a sound or voice) near or at the bottom of the range of sounds: He has a very low voice. Those low notes are played by the double bass.Describing qualities of sound

low adjective (SAD)

C1 unhappy: Illness of any sort can leave you feeling low. He seemed in low spirits.Feeling sad and unhappy

low

adverb uk   /ləʊ/ us    /loʊ/

low adverb (NOT HIGH)

B1 close to the ground or the bottom of something: The planes fly low across enemy territory.

low adverb (LEVEL)

B1 at or to a low level: low-paid workers Turn the oven on low.Low, short and shallow be/get/run low (on sth) to have nearly finished a supply of something: We're running low on milk - could you buy some more? The radio batteries are running low.Using and misusing

low

verb [I] uk   /ləʊ/ us    /loʊ/ literary
to make the deep, long sound of a cowAnimal (non-human) sounds

low

noun uk   /ləʊ/ us    /loʊ/
a bad time in someone's life: the highs and lows of an acting careerDifficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters a new/record/all-time low the lowest level: The dollar has hit an all-time low against the Japanese yen.FailuresAccidents and disastersHigher and lower points of achievement
(Definition of low from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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