To increase profits, hospitals did what they could to increase “customers” and they lowered physician salaries.
I brought him into the kitchen, and lowered his dish of food.
If you lowered the rate, you would see a big boost in investment.
The lowered expectations are due in part to the sagging economy.
I lowered myself gingerly into my chair, trying to hide my pain.
Sprudell lowered his lids that Bruce should not see the satisfaction in his eyes.
She lowered her voice as her eyes dilated, and she laid her hand on his arm.
It was easier to cool the helium bath of the brain if it only had to be lowered 175 degrees or so.
The cow recoiled a few steps and lowered her head truculently.
Of course all the other lights in the room must have been previously lowered.
c.1600, "to descend, sink," from lower (adj.), from Middle English lahghere (c.1200), comparative of low (adj.). Transitive meaning "to let down, to cause to descend" attested from 1650s. Related: Lowered; lowering. In the sense "to cause to descend" the simple verb low (Middle English lahghenn, c.1200) was in use into the 18c.
"to look dark and threatening," also lour, Middle English louren, luren "to frown" (early 13c.), "to lurk" (mid-15c.), from Old English *luran or from its cognates, Middle Low German luren, Middle Dutch loeren "lie in wait." Form perhaps assimilated to lower (1). Related: Lowered; lowering.
c.1200, lahre, comparative of lah (see low (adj.)).
Being an earlier division of the geological or archaeological period named. Compare upper.