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verb [T] uk   /ˈləʊ.ər/  us   /ˈloʊ.ɚ/

lower verb [T] (MOVE)

B2 to move something into a low position: They lowered the coffin into the grave. Heavily pregnant by now, she lowered herself carefully into the chair. He lowered his eyes (= looked down) in embarrassment when he saw me.
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lower verb [T] (REDUCE)

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). to make something worse than it was before: a lowering of standardshumorous Dale lowered the tone of the evening (= made it less socially acceptable) by telling a dirty joke.
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lower verb [T] (BEHAVE BADLY)

lower yourself to behave in a way that makes people lose respect for you: [+ to infinitive] I wouldn't lower myself to respond to his insults if I were you.

lower

adjective uk   /ˈləʊ.ər/  us   /ˈloʊ.ɚ/
positioned below one or more similar things, or of the bottom part of something: the lower deck of a ship Her lower lip trembled as if she were about to cry. I've got a pain in my lower (= the bottom part of my) back.
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