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English definition of “lower”

lower

verb [T] (REDUCE)    /ˈləʊ.ər/ US  /ˈloʊ.ɚ/
B2 to reduce something: Interest rates have been lowered again. Boil for five minutes , then lower the heat and simmer for half an hour . Please lower your voice (= speak more quietly ).Becoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong to make something worse than it was before: a lowering of standards humorous Dale lowered the tone of the evening (= made it less socially acceptable ) by telling a dirty joke .Deteriorating and making worse
(Definition of lower verb (REDUCE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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