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Definition of lower verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    see also lower2Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lower
    he / she / it lowers
    past simple lowered
    -ing form lowering
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  1. 1[transitive] to let or make something or someone go down lower something He had to lower his head to get through the door. She lowered her newspaper and looked around. lower something/somebody + adv./prep. They lowered him down the cliff on a rope. opposite raise
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] lower (something) to reduce something or to become less in value, quality, etc. He lowered his voice to a whisper. This drug is used to lower blood pressure. Her voice lowered as she spoke. opposite raise
  3. Idioms
    lower the bar
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    to set a new lower standard of quality or performance In the current economic climate we may need to lower the bar on quotas.
    lower yourself (by doing something)
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    (usually used in negative sentences) to behave in a way that makes other people respect you less synonym demean I wouldn't lower myself by working for him.
    raise/lower your sights
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    to expect more/less from a situation If they can't afford such a big house, they'll just have to lower their sights a little.
    raise/lower the temperature
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    to increase/decrease the amount of excitement, emotion, etc. in a situation His angry refusal to agree raised the temperature of the meeting. The government tried to lower the political temperature by agreeing to some of the demands.
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