[ tou-er-ing ]
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  1. very high or tall; lofty: a towering oak.

  2. surpassing others; very great: a towering figure in American poetry.

  1. rising to an extreme degree of violence or intensity: a towering rage.

  2. beyond the proper or usual limits; inordinate; excessive: towering pride; towering ambitions.

Origin of towering

From a late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at tower1, -ing2

synonym study For towering

1. See high.

Other words for towering

Opposites for towering

Other words from towering

  • tow·er·ing·ly, adverb

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How to use towering in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for towering


/ (ˈtaʊərɪŋ) /

  1. very tall; lofty

  2. outstanding, as in importance or stature

  1. (prenominal) very intense: a towering rage

Derived forms of towering

  • toweringly, adverb

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