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"lower" in American English

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lowerverb

 us   /ˈloʊ·ər/
  • lower verb (SMALLER THAN USUAL)

[I/T] to ​reduce something, or to ​become less: [T] They lowered the ​askingprice of ​theirhouse. [T] Please lower ​yourvoice (= ​speak more ​softly).
  • lower verb (NOT HIGH)

[T] to ​let or ​bring someone or something down, or make something less high: She lowered the ​blinds to ​block out the ​afternoonsun.
(Definition of lower from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"lower" in British English

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lowerverb [T]

uk   /ˈləʊ.ər/  us   /ˈloʊ.ɚ/
  • lower verb [T] (MOVE)

B2 to ​move something into a ​lowposition: They lowered the ​coffin into the ​grave. Heavily ​pregnant by now, she lowered herselfcarefully 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 ​yourvoice (= ​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 ​sociallyacceptable) by ​telling a ​dirtyjoke.

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loweradjective

uk   /ˈləʊ.ər/  us   /ˈloʊ.ɚ/
positioned below one or more ​similar things, or of the ​bottompart of something: the lower ​deck of a ​ship Her lower ​liptrembled as if she were about to ​cry. I've got a ​pain in my lower (= the ​bottompart of my) back.
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(Definition of lower from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lower" in Business English

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lowerverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈləʊər/
to ​reduce the ​level, ​price, etc. of something: lower costs/rates/prices There was ​growingpressure on ​banks to lower ​interestrates and ​ease the ​availability of ​credit. Landmark ​legislationrequires California to lower greenhouse ​gas emissions by 25% by 2020. He ​accused universities of lowering ​standards in ​order to ​raiseincome.
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(Definition of lower from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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