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lower (v.1)

c. 1600, "descend, sink, grow less or lower" (intransitive), from lower (adj.), comparative of low (adj.). Transitive meaning "let down, cause to descend" attested from 1650s. Related: Lowered; lowering. In the transitive sense "to cause to descend" the older verb was low (Middle English lahghenn, c. 1200), which continued in use into the 18c.

lower (v.2)

"to look dark and menacing," also lour, from Middle English louren, luren "to frown, scowl" (early 13c.), "to lurk" (mid-15c.), from Old English *luran or from its cognates, Middle Low German luren, Middle Dutch loeren "lie in wait." The form perhaps has been assimilated to lower (v.1). Related: Lowered; lowering.

lower (adj.)

Middle English lawar, lower, lougher, earlier lahre (c. 1200), comparative of lah "low" (see low (adj.)). As an adverb from 1540s. Lower-class is from 1772. Lower 48, "the forty-eight contiguous states of the United States of America, excluding Alaska and Hawaii," is by 1961 in an Alaska context (Hawaii actually is "lower" on the globe than all of them).

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Definitions of lower from WordNet
1
lower (v.)
move something or somebody to a lower position;
Synonyms: take down / let down / get down / bring down
lower (v.)
set lower;
lower expectations
lower a rating
Synonyms: lour
lower (v.)
make lower or quieter;
Synonyms: turn down / lour
lower (v.)
cause to drop or sink;
Synonyms: depress
lower (v.)
look angry or sullen, wrinkle one's forehead, as if to signal disapproval;
Synonyms: frown / glower / lour
2
lower (n.)
the lower of two berths;
Synonyms: lower berth
From wordnet.princeton.edu