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lower  

  ( 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  
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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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exp.
(colloquially) tattoo on the lower back
adj.
undesirable, at much lower standards than expected
synonym for "shitty"
v.
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?
adj.
something that is top-down comes from the top of a hierarchy and is passed down to the lower ranking members
v.
lower a price at the last minute to secure a sale
the chamber pot meaning is the NOUN. This is the verb.
n.
something that is bottom-up originates among the lower-ranking members of a hierarchy and moves upwards to affect those higher up

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