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verb [transitive] British English pronunciation: lower /ˈləʊə(r)/ 
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he/she/itlowers
present participlelowering
past tenselowered
past participlelowered
  1. 1
    to move something or someone slowly down from a higher position

    She watched as the coffin was lowered into the ground.

    The statue was gently lowered back into place.

    He lowered himself into the chair.

    1. a.
      to look downwards
      lower your eyes/head:

      Mark lowered his head in embarrassment.

  2. 2
    to reduce something in number, amount, value, or strength

    The voting age was lowered from 21 to 18 years.

    Less fat in your diet lowers the risk of heart disease.

    lower your voice:

    Joe lowered his voice, as if they might be overheard.

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