towering

adjective
tow·​er·​ing | \ ˈtau̇(-ə)r-iŋ How to pronounce towering (audio) \

Definition of towering

1 : impressively high or great : imposing towering pines
2 : reaching a high point of intensity : overwhelming a towering rage
3 : going beyond proper bounds : excessive towering ambitions

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Other Words from towering

toweringly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for towering

Synonyms

altitudinous, high, lofty, tall

Antonyms

low, low-lying, short, squat

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Examples of towering in a Sentence

He flew into a towering rage. the towering mountain peaks of the Rockies

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Williams later went out and bossed her mixed doubles match with partner Andy Murray, ripping returns against towering Frenchman Fabrice Martin and chasing what appeared to be lost causes with success. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Serena Williams all 'business' ahead of Wimbledon semifinals," 10 July 2019 The belief — the hope — is Baker can lift this program to new heights that evaded his towering predecessors. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "As Jaxson Hayes heads to NBA, Will Baker steps in for Texas," 7 July 2019 The mainland’s economic influence loomed large at the rally, held in a square under the towering offices of the Bank of China and other Chinese banks. Washington Post, "Mothers rally as Hong Kong’s divide shows no sign of closing," 6 July 2019 The mainland’s economic influence loomed large at the rally, held in a square under the towering offices of the Bank of China and other Chinese banks. Ken Moritsugu, BostonGlobe.com, "Mothers rally as Hong Kong’s divide shows no sign of closing," 5 July 2019 Cohan's song received the towering song award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002. Paul Grein, Billboard, "14 Award-Winning Songs that Tell the American Story," 4 July 2019 Then there’s defender Stefanie van der Gragt, whose towering header against the Italians was equally impressive. Jerome Pugmire, SFChronicle.com, "Bad news for Sweden: Vivianne Miedema gets better in big games," 2 July 2019 Then there’s defender Stefanie van der Gragt, whose towering header against the Italians was equally impressive. Jerome Pugmire, The Denver Post, "Bad news for Sweden ahead of FIFA Women’s World Cup semi: Vivianne Miedema gets better in big games," 2 July 2019 Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch, nestled below the towering Bulldog Cliffs just beneath the dam that forms Saguaro Lake, offers two unguided kayaking trips: one about two hours, the other nearly five. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer in Arizona: Locals share 100 fun ways to survive the 100-degree heat in Phoenix," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of towering

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of towering was in 1592

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towering

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of towering

: very tall
: very powerful or intense
: very great or impressive

towering

adjective
tow·​er·​ing | \ ˈtau̇-ər-iŋ How to pronounce towering (audio) \

Kids Definition of towering

1 : rising high : tall Another match … illuminated a massive, towering, teetering pile of … soup bowls.— Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux
2 : very powerful or intense a towering rage
3 : going beyond proper bounds towering ambition

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