tow·​er | \ ˈtau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce tower (audio) \

Definition of tower

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a building or structure typically higher than its diameter and high relative to its surroundings that may stand apart (such as a campanile) or be attached (such as a church belfry) to a larger structure and that may be fully walled in or of skeleton framework (such as an observation or transmission tower)
2 : a towering citadel : fortress
3 : one that provides support or protection : bulwark a tower of strength
4 : a personal computer case that stands in an upright position


towered; towering; towers

Definition of tower (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to reach or rise to a great height
2 : to exhibit superior qualities : surpass her intellect towered over the others'

Other Words from tower


towered \ ˈtau̇(-​ə)rd How to pronounce tower (audio) \ adjective
towerlike \ ˈtau̇(-​ə)r-​ˌlīk How to pronounce tower (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for tower

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of tower in a Sentence

Noun a hill from which one can gaze upon the towers of that great and historic city
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But when sections of the rickety ladder break off from the dilapidated tower, Becky and Hunter are left stranded. Todd Spangler, Variety, 9 Aug. 2022 Since it was built in 1929, the Gothic Revival tower with its distinctive green tile roof has housed workplaces and a department store. Madison Iszler, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Aug. 2022 The Host in Black, decked out in his classic Westworld ensemble, struts out into the mayhem of the city as the tower explodes behind him. Andrew Walsh,, 8 Aug. 2022 Schlossberg estimated the vacancy of the 420,000 square foot tower, at the corner of Church and Main, with its 2-story lobby, to be under 20%. Kenneth R. Gosselin, Hartford Courant, 8 Aug. 2022 Developers proposed to build the new tower on the nursing home site. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2022 And the tower does have its fans in the neighborhood. Catherine Carlock,, 4 Aug. 2022 In May, another unit at the tower sold for $48.49 million, down from its onetime asking price of $65.75 million, records show. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, 4 Aug. 2022 Lady Liberty's interior metal framework was fabricated by Gustave Eiffel, who immediately afterward began building the iconic tower in Paris that bears his name. Kerry J. Byrne, Fox News, 3 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the opera, Wild Things tower over the woman playing Max, the show’s young anti-hero. Cate Mcquaid,, 14 July 2022 The sequoias in the grove, which was established in 1857, can tower to heights above 250 feet, or more than 20 stories tall. Elizabeth Wolfe, Amanda Watts And Michelle Watson, CNN, 11 July 2022 Some cycads are small, growing only a few inches off the ground, while others can tower over your head. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Apr. 2022 Palm trees tower over some of the most beautiful and iconic blocks in the city that don’t have any shade. Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2022 Like the other products in the Swiss luxury brand’s Pure Gold line, the new Pure Gold Radiance Nocturnal Balm—a rich, decadent night cream—is set in a refillable gold vessel that will tower over the other products on your vanity. Lindy Segal, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 June 2022 Ahead of the hottest months of the year, PEOPLE Tested evaluated 31 fans — from desk fans to tower fans — and our team's top choice is on super sale at Amazon right now. Isabel Garcia,, 4 June 2022 Tipped on one end and plunked down on Forty-second Street, a U.L.C.V. would tower over the Chrysler Building. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 30 May 2022 But the statue that used to tower over residents has disappeared. New York Times, 5 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tower


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tower


Middle English tour, tor, from Old English torr & Anglo-French tur, tour, both from Latin turris, from Greek tyrris, tyrsis

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The first known use of tower was before the 12th century

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towel rail


tower above/over

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12 Aug 2022

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tow·​er | \ ˈtau̇-ər How to pronounce tower (audio) \

Kids Definition of tower

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a building or structure that is higher than its length or width, is higher than most of what surrounds it, and may stand by itself or be attached to a larger structure


towered; towering

Kids Definition of tower (Entry 2 of 2)

: to reach or rise to a great height

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