tower above/over

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of tower above/over

1 : to be much taller than (someone or something)
  • He towers over his sister.
  • The two skyscrapers tower above the other buildings of the city.
2 : to be much better or more important than (someone or something)
  • Her intellect towers above/over ours.

Word by Word Definitions

tower play
  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

  1. : to reach or rise to a great height

  2. : to exhibit superior qualities : surpass

above play
  1. : in the sky : overhead

  2. : in or to heaven

  3. : in or to a higher place

  1. : in or to a higher place than : over

  2. : upriver of

  3. : superior to (as in rank, quality, or degree)

  1. : something that is above

  2. : a person whose name is written above

  3. : a higher authority

  1. : written or discussed higher on the same page or on a preceding page

over play
  1. : across a barrier or intervening (see intervene 4) space

  2. : forward beyond an edge or brink and often down

  3. : across the brim

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion or situation in a position higher than or above another

  2. used as a function word to indicate the possession of authority, power, or jurisdiction in regard to some thing or person

  3. used as a function word to indicate superiority, advantage, or preference

  1. : upper, higher

  2. : outer, covering

  3. : excessive

  1. : to leap over

  1. : so as to exceed or surpass

  2. : excessive

  3. : to an excessive degree


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