Quick answer
"Lower" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "bajar", and "low" is an adjective which is often translated as "bajo". Learn more about the difference between "lower" and "low" below.
lower(
lo
-
uhr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to move downwards)
a. bajar
The sun is hitting me right in the eyes. I'm going to lower the blinds.El sol me está pegando justo en los ojos. Voy a bajar las persianas.
b. echar al agua (vessel)
They lowered the dinghy from the yacht so they could go ashore.Echaron la lancha al agua desde el yate para poder ir a tierra.
c. arriar (flag or sail)
The nation lowered their flags to half staff in mourning.La nación arrió las banderas a media asta en señal de duelo.
2. (to reduce)
a. bajar
The librarian asked Jonathan to lower his voice.La bibliotecaria le pidió a Jonathan que bajara la voz.
b. rebajar
We lowered all of the prices in the store for our big fall sale.Rebajamos todos los precios de la tienda para la gran venta de otoño.
3. (to degrade)
a. rebajar
I refuse to lower myself to using her unscrupulous tactics.Me niego a rebajarme a usar sus tácticas sin escrúpulos.
4. (to relax)
a. bajar
We can't afford to lower our guard when we're so close to victory.No nos podemos permitir bajar la guardia cuando estamos tan cerca de la victoria.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to decline)
a. bajar
Temperatures are forecast to continue to lower throughout the week.Se prevé que las temperaturas sigan bajando durante la semana.
6. (to scowl)
a. fruncir el ceño
Bert likes you. - Are you kidding me? Did you see the way he lowered at me?Le caes bien a Bert. - ¿Me estás vacilando? ¿Viste la forma en que me frunció el ceño?
7. (to darken)
a. encapotarse
The sky lowered in anguish over the self destruction of the people in the civil war below.El cielo se encapotó de angustia por la autodestrucción de la gente de abajo con su guerra civil.
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low(
lo
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (short in stature)
a. bajo
The children's books are on a low shelf.Los libros infantiles están en una repisa baja.
2. (below normal)
a. bajo
We received a very low amount of applications this year.Recibimos una cantidad muy baja de solicitudes este año.
3. (quiet)
a. bajo
Please speak in a low voice while in the library.Favor de hablar en voz baja mientras esté en la biblioteca.
4. (inexpensive)
a. bajo
I like this store because of its low prices.Me gusta esta tienda por sus precios bajos.
5. (sad)
a. deprimido
I've been feeling low since the divorce.Me he sentido deprimido desde el divorcio.
6. (negative)
a. malo
I have a low opinion of him.Tengo una mala opinión de él.
7. (humble status)
a. bajo
He's rich now, but he was born into a low class.Ahora es rico, pero es de clase baja originalmente.
b. humilde
That girl is of low birth! You can't marry her.¡Esa chica es de humilde cuna! No te puedes casar con ella.
8. (dishonest)
a. bajo
What he did to you was low.Lo que te hizo fue bajo.
9. (musical pitch)
a. grave
This part can only be sung by someone with a very low voice.Esta parte solo la puede cantar alguien con una voz muy grave.
b. bajo
The tuba is an instrument with a low pitch.La tuba es un instrumento con un tono muy bajo.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
10. (minimum)
a. el mínimo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The company's stock reached an all-time low.Las acciones de la compañía llegaron a un mínimo histórico.
11. (meteorology)
a. la zona de baja presión
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
This low is going to bring more snow to the area.Esta zona de baja presión traerá más nieve al área.
12. (cattle)
a. el mugido
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The bull gave a threatening low as I climbed over the fence.El toro dio un mugido amenazador cuando me trepé sobre la valla.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
13. (not high)
a. bajo
That plane is flying too low.El avión está volando demasiado bajo.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
14. (to moo)
a. mugir
Can you hear the cows lowing? We're in the country now.¿Puedes oír cómo mugen las vacas? Ahora sí que estamos en el campo.
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