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[loh-er-keys] /ˈloʊ ərˈkeɪs/
adjective
1.
(of an alphabetical letter) of a particular form often different from and smaller than its corresponding capital letter, and occurring after the initial letter of a proper name, of the first word in a sentence, etc. Examples: a, b, q, r.
2.
Printing. pertaining to or belonging in the lower case.
Compare case2 (def 8).
verb (used with object), lowercased, lowercasing.
3.
to print or write with a lowercase letter or letters.
noun
4.
a lowercase letter.
Origin of lowercase
1675-1685
1675-85
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v.

"to set (text) in lower-case type," 1911, from lower-case (adj.). Related: Lowercased; lowercasing.

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