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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 fence 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. 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. 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.

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 task

low adjective (NOT HONEST)

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

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.

low adjective (SAD)

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

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. 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.

low

verb [I] uk   /ləʊ/ us    /loʊ/ literary
to make the deep, long sound of a cow

low

noun uk   /ləʊ/ us    /loʊ/
a bad time in someone's life: the highs and lows of an acting career a new/record/all-time low the lowest level: The dollar has hit an all-time low against the Japanese yen.
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