Meaning of “tower” in the English Dictionary

"tower" in British English

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towernoun [ C ]

uk /taʊər/ us /ˈtaʊ.ɚ/

B1 a tall, narrow structure, often square or circular, that either forms part of a building or stands alone:

the Eiffel tower
There's a clock on the church tower.
He works in an office tower in downtown San Francisco.

a tall, usually metal structure used for broadcasting:

More examples

  • From the top of the tower, the outlook over the city was breathtaking.
  • After their wedding the bells pealed out from the tower.
  • The plan for a new office tower went ahead regardless of local opposition.
  • Scaffolding has been erected around the tower and repair work will start next week.
  • Don't go up the tower if you're afraid of heights.

towerverb [ I usually + adv/prep ]

uk /taʊər/ us /ˈtaʊ.ɚ/

(Definition of “tower” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tower" in American English

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towernoun [ C ]

us /ˈtɑʊ·ər/

a tall, narrow structure that either forms part of a building or stands alone:

a clock tower

A tower is also a tall, usually metal structure used for broadcasting:

a television tower

towerverb [ I always + adv/prep ]

us /ˈtɑʊ·ər/

to appear very tall or large, or to be much taller than something else:

As we drove on, the Rocky Mountains towered before us.
Although he’s only 14, David towers over his mother.

(Definition of “tower” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)