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adjective low pronunciation in British English /ləʊ/
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  1. 1
    small in height, or smaller than the usual height
    a low wall/bridge/building
    1. a.
      not far above the ground
      The plane was very low.
      low clouds
  2. 2
    small in amount or level
    people on low incomes
    The bigger shops are able to keep their prices low.
    low unemployment
    Cook it for five minutes on a low heat.
    in the low 20s/30s etc (=between 20 and 25): Temperatures are usually around the low 30s at this time of year.
    1. a.
      used about foods that contain a smaller amount of a substance than usual
      yoghurt with a low fat content
      low in: Vegetables are low in fat and calories and high in nutrition.
    2. b.
      used about supplies of things when a lot has been used
      Stocks were so low that many of the shelves in the shop were empty.
      run/get low (on something): A message appears on the screen when you’re running low on disk space.
    3. c.
      used about equipment that is not producing much energy, or that has not got much energy left
      There was music on and the lights were low.
      run/get low: Most phones tell you when the battery is running low.
    4. d.
      used about the quality or standard of something
      The standard of housing in some areas is very low.
    5. e.
      used about the importance or status of something
      Doing the garden is fairly low on my list of priorities.
      low-priority (=much less important than other things): Food will not be sent to low-priority areas until next week.
  3. 3
    someone who is low feels unhappy and does not have much hope or confidence
    low spirits: It was unlike her to be in such low spirits.
    1. a.
      used about someone who does not have much energy
      It’s the kind of illness that leaves you feeling low for a few days.
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    2. b.
      used about someones negative attitude
      Sandra’s problem is she has really low expectations.
      Morale is really low in the office.
      He has a very low opinion of his colleagues (=thinks they are not very good).

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