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  ( lowers    3rd person present)   ( lowering    present participle)   ( lowered    past tense & past participle  )
1       adj   You can use lower to refer to the bottom one of a pair of things.  
ADJ n, the ADJ, the ADJ of n     (Antonym: upper)    She bit her lower lip., ...the lower deck of the bus..., The upper layer of felt should overlap the lower., ...the lower of the two holes.     
2       adj   You can use lower to refer to the bottom part of something.  
ADJ n     (Antonym: upper)    Use a small cushion to help give support to the lower back., ...fires which started in the lower part of a tower block.     
3       adj   You can use lower to refer to people or things that are less important than similar people or things.  
ADJ n, the ADJ     (Antonym: higher)    Already the awards are causing resentment in the lower ranks of council officers..., The nation's highest court reversed the lower court's decision..., The higher orders of society must rule the lower.     
4       verb   If you lower something, you move it slowly downwards.  
Two reporters had to help lower the coffin into the grave...      V n prep/adv  
Sokolowski lowered himself into the black leather chair...      V pron-refl prep/adv  
`No movies of me getting out of the pool, boys.' They dutifully lowered their cameras.      V n  
  lowering      n-uncount   usu N of n  
...the extinguishing of the Olympic flame and the lowering of the flag.     
5       verb   If you lower something, you make it less in amount, degree, value, or quality.  
The Central Bank has lowered interest rates by 2 percent...      V n  
  lowering      n-uncount   usu N of n  
...a package of social measures which included the lowering of the retirement age.     
6       verb   If someone lowers their head or eyes, they look downwards, for example because they are sad or embarrassed.,   (Antonym: raise)    She lowered her head and brushed past photographers as she went back inside...      V n  
She lowered her gaze to the hands in her lap.      V n  
7       verb   If you say that you would not loweryourself by doing something, you mean that you would not behave in a way that would make you or other people respect you less.  
oft with brd-neg  
Don't lower yourself, don't be the way they are...      V pron-refl  
I've got no qualms about lowering myself to Lemmer's level to get what I want.      V pron-refl to n  
8       verb   If you lower your voice or if your voice lowers, you speak more quietly.  
The man moved closer, lowering his voice...      V n  
His voice lowers confidentially.      V  

lower case      , lower-case  
Lower-case letters are small letters, not capital letters.      n-uncount   oft N n     (Antonym: upper case)    It was printed in lower case..., We did the logo in lower-case letters instead of capitals.     
lower class        ( lower classes    plural  ) , lower-class   Some people use thelower class or thelower classes to refer to the division of society that they consider to have the lowest social status.      n-count-coll   usu pl  
Education now offers the lower classes access to job opportunities...     
      Lower class is also an adjective., adj  
...lower-class families...     
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a river in western France, an indirect tributary of la Loire.
Le Loir river begins in the Eure-et-Loir département.
Massive open online course
[Internet] Abbreviation
1. [person] dishonest or suspect 2. [object] unreliable
[US] [informal] Ex1: I think his sources are hinky and I'll have to look into them. Ex2: Your brakes are a little hinky and you should get them replaced
[subj: poiicemen] to herd [demonstrators] into a compact group in order to control their movements
1. [Mil.] a pilot who comes in support of the leading aircraft. He is positionned besides and slightly behind the leading aircraft. 2. [Fig.] a person who helps a friend to approach potential partners
2. this meaning has been popularised by the TV series How I Met Your Mother
1. shoot with a firearm using a type of cartridge that contains gunpowder but neither bullet nor pellet. 2. [slang][fig.] be infertile and unlikely to impregnate a woman (due to various issues such as a low sperm count)
1.The squaddies were training, shooting blanks 2.We had been trying to have a baby for ages until a series of fertility tests revealed I was shooting blanks.
1. throw someone or something out of a window 2. [fig.][fam.] dismiss/remove (sb) from a position of authority/power
Ex1: The inspector considers the assumption that the victim might have been defenastrated. Ex2: Due to the lack of results, the decision was taken to 'defenestrate' the manager.
1. [Comp.] a device that once plugged in is automatically recognized by the system and launches the expected process without any action on the user's side; 2. [Bus.] a new employee who is able to start work without too much induction and training
[Comp.];[Bus.] can be used as both noun and adjective: plug and play device; plug and play employee or simply plug and play (noun)
undesirable, at much lower standards than expected
synonym for "shitty"
(colloquially) tattoo on the lower back
[arch.] near in space, time or relation, almost (followed by: upon)
"nigh upon" is even stronger in keeping with an antiquated, even biblical style. "The end of the world is nigh upon us"
1. a person who greatly dislikes a specified person or thing 2. [informal] a negative, critical, heinous person and more specifically the one who posts hate-filled comments online
Ex: He was described as a misogynist, homophobic, woman hater / That website has become a particularly vitriolic breeding ground for the haters
[as interjection] an expression of congratulations, thanks or respect
big up to the team for a great job
[in Thailand] young male transsexual (often a sex worker)
1. [informal] die 2. fail 3. remain static
Ex1: The prisoner was injected a deadly drug and flatlined Ex2: His attempts to reach the summit have flatlined three times already Ex3.: The vote for the new party has flatlined at about 3%
[philos.] of or relating to a doctrine of holism ; characterized by the approach that the parts of something are intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole
Ex: The lecturer emphasized the need for a holistic approach to fisheries
[med.] of or relating to the medical consideration of the whole person in the treatment of a disease, not only physically but also taking into account mental and social factors rather than just the symptoms
Ex: That clinic offers a holistic medecine approach to treat both the body and the mind sometimes even using practises from eastern traditions such as meditation or acupuncture.
1. Los Angeles or Hollywood, especially with regard to the film and television industry, in their reputed glamour and trendiness 2. a fanciful state or dreamworld [be in la-la land = a state of being out of touch with reality]
[US] [informal] 1. She's very fond of stories about life in la-la land 2. He's unrealistic about these issues and looks like he's in la-la land the whole time
extremely [with the idea of "abnormally"]
freakishly successful/large/lifelike
[child] to be sent to a care organization run by the social services, or to be looked after by foster parents
1. [Rel.] expression used to describe metaphorically a period of ignorance and spiritual crisis that precedes the communion with Divinity ; 2. in a larger meaning, it is used when refering to having a hard time, going through a phase of pessimism, sadness, failure etc.
defeat someone with arguments during a discussion; knock out [Fig.]
make an obscene and offensive gesture at someone by closing one's fist and extending one's middle finger upwards, interpreted as"Sod off!"; [US] flip (sb) off / flip (sb) the bird
Ex.: he has an unfortunate tendency and somewhat dangerous habit of giving the finger to motorists who cut in front of him.
raise a price after agreeing on a lower one
Common real estate term but 'of uncertain origin'. However WW1 Australian soldier's diary records: "Huge rubber gun gazumps were falling all over the town [Watten]..." A weapon?
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