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adjective  /loʊ/
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  1. 2
    small in amount or level

    people on low incomes

    The bigger stores 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

      yogurt 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 store 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.

  2. 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.

    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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noun [uncountable]


… a teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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