low1 W1S1 [ləu US lou] adj comparative lower superlative lowest
1¦(small amount/level/value)¦
[Date: 1100-1200; : Old Norse; Origin: lagr]
a) small, or smaller than usual, in amount, level, or value
≠ ↑high
low income/pay/wages
families existing on very low incomes
In May, the price of cocoa fell to its lowest level since 1975-76.
Morale has been low since the latest round of job-cuts.
In this sort of investment, the risks are fairly low.
low temperatures
the need for low-cost housing
a low-security prison
b) low in sth
having less than the usual amount of a substance or chemical
≠ ↑high
food that is low in calories
low-fat/low-salt etc
low-alcohol beer
c) in the low 20s/50s etc
if a number, temperature, or level is in the low 20s, 30s etc, it is between 21 and 23, 31 and 33 etc
Tonight, temperatures in most areas will be in the low 50s.
high, ↑low
2.) ¦(HEIGHT)¦
a) having a top that is not far above the ground
≠ ↑high
a low wall
a long low building
b) at a point that is not far above the ground or near the bottom of something
≠ ↑high
low clouds
The sun was low in the sky now.
Store raw meat on the lowest shelf.
c) below the usual height
≠ ↑high
a low bridge
a low ceiling
The river is very low today.
bad, or below an acceptable or usual level or quality
= ↑poor
≠ ↑high
Their safety standards seem to be pretty low.
Cost-cutting has led to a lower quality of service.
the children's low achievement in school
4.) ¦(SUPPLY)¦
if you are low on something, or if your supply of something is low, there is not much of it left
be/get/run low (on sth)
We're running low on gas.
Stocks are getting low.
5.) ¦(SOUND)¦
a low voice or sound is quiet or deep
I heard a low moaning noise.
The volume is too low - turn it up.
a low whisper
6.) ¦(LIGHT)¦
a light that is low is not bright
= ↑dim
Use low lighting to give the room a romantic atmosphere.
7.) ¦(HEAT)¦
if you cook something over a low heat or in a low ↑oven, you cook it using only a small amount of heat
≠ ↑high
8.) ¦(BATTERY)¦
a ↑battery that is low does not have much power left in it
9.) ¦(CLOTHES)¦
a low dress, ↑blouse etc does not cover your neck and the top of your chest
10.)¦(UNHAPPY)¦ [not before noun]
unhappy and without much hope for the future
He was feeling a bit low, so I did my best to cheer him up.
Terry seems to be in rather low spirits today.
be at a low ebb atebb1 (2)
>lowness n [U]
low 2
low2 adv comparative lower superlative lowest
1.) in or to a low position or level
He bent low over the engine.
She pulled her hat low down over her eyes.
I had the radio on low.
2.) near the ground or the bottom of something
That plane's flying too low!
There was a hole low down in the hedge.
3.) if you play or sing musical notes low, you play or sing them with deep notes
Sing those bars an octave lower.
4.) be brought low
old-fashioned to become much less rich or important
search/look high and low athigh2 (6)
lay sb low atlay2 (20)
lie low atlie1 (7)
low 3
low3 n
1.) a low price, level, or value
≠ ↑high
fall to/hit/reach etc a new low
(=be worth less than ever before)
The euro has fallen to a new low against the dollar.
Public confidence in the legal system is at an all-time low (=much lower or worse than ever before) .
2.) a very difficult time in someone's personal or working life
highs and lows (of sth)
(=good times and bad times)
the highs and lows of an actor's life
a) the lowest point that the temperature reaches during a particular time
≠ ↑high
The overnight low will be 8° C.
b) an area of low pressure in the air
≠ ↑high
a low moving in over the Pacific
4.) the lowest of the low
a) informal someone you think is completely unfair, cruel, immoral etc
b) someone from a low social class - often used humorously
low 4
low4 v [i]literary
[: Old English; Origin: hlowan]
if cattle low, they make a deep sound

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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