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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 standardshumorous Dale lowered the tone of the evening (= made it less socially acceptable) by telling a dirty joke.Deteriorating and making worse
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