Definition of low adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ləʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//loʊ//
    (lower, lowest)
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    not high/tall
  1. 1  not high or tall; not far above the ground a low wall/building/table a low range of hills low clouds flying at low altitude The sun was low in the sky. opposite high
  2. near bottom
  3. 2  at or near the bottom of something low back pain the lower slopes of the mountain temperatures in the low 20s (= no higher than 21–23°) opposite high
  4. clothing
  5. 3not high at the neck a dress with a low neckline see also low-cut
  6. level/value
  7. 4  (also low-) (often in compounds) below the usual or average amount, level or value low prices low-income families a low-cost airline the lowest temperature ever recorded a low level of unemployment Yogurt is usually very low in fat. low-fat yogurt low-tar cigarettes opposite high
  8. 5  having a reduced amount or not enough of something The reservoir was low after the long drought. Our supplies are running low (= we only have a little left). They were low on fuel.
  9. sound
  10. 6  not high; not loud The cello is lower than the violin. They were speaking in low voices. opposite high
  11. standard
  12. 7  below the usual or expected standard students with low marks/grades in their exams a low standard of living opposite high
  13. status
  14. 8  below other people or things in importance or status low forms of life (= creatures with a very simple structure) jobs with low status Training was given a very low priority. the lower classes of society opposite high
  15. opinion
  16. 9  [usually before noun] not very good synonym poor She has a very low opinion of her own abilities. opposite high
  17. depressed
  18. 10weak or depressed; with very little energy synonym down I'm feeling really low. They were in low spirits.
  19. not honest
  20. 11(of a person) not honest synonym disreputable He mixes with some pretty low types.
  21. light
  22. 12not bright synonym dim The lights were low and romance was in the air.
  23. in vehicle
  24. 13if a vehicle is in low gear, it travels at a slower speed in relation to the speed of the engine
  25. phonetics
  26. 14 (phonetics) = open
  27. Word Originadjective Middle English: from Old Norse lágr, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch laag, also to lie.Extra examples I felt very low after my husband left me. I think he got a bit low when he had the flu. Keep your voice low. Our stocks of food were getting low. Supplies ran low. The failure rate is extremely low. The government wants to keep taxes low. The river was extremely low for winter. The windows look very low to me. This dish is very low in fat. historically low marriage statistics Much of the work was of a very low standard. Our supplies are running low. These measures will lead to a lower quality of life for many older people. They were low on fuelIdioms in a poor state; worse than usual Morale among teachers is at a low ebb. (old-fashioned) to lose your wealth or your high position in society the amount of attention somebody/something has from the public This issue has had a high profile in recent months. I advised her to keep a low profile for the next few days (= not to attract attention). if somebody is laid low by/with an injury or illness, they feel very weak and are unable to do much people who are not respected at all because they are dishonest, immoral or not at all important See related entries: Immoral
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