To lower is to move something downward. When you go to sleep at night, you lower your head onto your pillow (unless you are a horse; in that case, you don't lower anything and sleep standing up).

After cleaning your house's gutters, you'll climb down, lower the ladder, and put it away. After you've raised your hand in class and been called on, you will lower your hand again. Another way to lower something is to decrease the volume: "Will you please lower the sound on the TV? It's way too loud!" A less common meaning of lower is to scowl or glower, or to look stormy and dark.

Definitions of lower
  1. verb
    move something or somebody to a lower position
    synonyms: bring down, get down, let down, take down
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    bring up, elevate, get up, lift, raise
    raise from a lower to a higher position
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    lower and bring partially inboard
    lower (prices or markets)
    lower briefly
    lower or bend (the head or upper body), as in a nod or bow
    type of:
    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  2. verb
    set lower
    lower a rating”
    lower expectations”
    synonyms: lour
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    lower the rated electrical capability of electrical apparatus
    subdue, subordinate
    make subordinate, dependent, or subservient
    type of:
    lower the value or quality of
  3. verb
    cause to drop or sink
    synonyms: depress
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  4. verb
    make lower or quieter
    synonyms: lour, turn down
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    decrease, lessen, minify
    make smaller
  5. noun
    the lower of two berths
    synonyms: lower berth
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    type of:
    berth, built in bed, bunk
    a bed on a ship or train; usually in tiers
  6. verb
    look angry or sullen, wrinkle one's forehead, as if to signal disapproval
    synonyms: frown, glower, lour
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    frown with displeasure
    type of:
    grimace, make a face, pull a face
    contort the face to indicate a certain mental or emotional state
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