How to use
past tense and past participle
, present participle
to be higher than a particular amount
Their profits have reportedly topped £1,000,000 this year.
be most successful
to be in the highest position in a list because you are the most successful
The Tower of London tops the list of London's most popular tourist attractions.
the team that has topped the Premiership for the last three seasons
In 1998 the group
with the song 'Don't Stop Loving Me'.
if you top something, you do something that is better than it
He topped his previous best performance, coming second in the 100 metres.
top an offer/a bid etc
to offer more money than someone else
A rival company topped our offer by $5 million.
be topped by something
to have something on top
The roof was topped by a chimney.
a hill topped by pine trees
be topped (off) with something
if food is topped with something, it has that thing on it or over the top of it
a strawberry tart topped with whipped cream
The cake can be topped off with fresh fruit.
to top it all
in addition to other bad things that have happened to you
To top it all I lost my job.
used when you are asking someone if they have done something more exciting or successful than you
Well, I've been asked to appear on a TV show later this year, so top that!
top and tail
to cut the top and bottom off a piece of fruit or a vegetable
to kill yourself deliberately
reach the top
if you top a hill, you reach the top of it
We topped the hill and looked down towards the valley below us.
top something ↔
to complete something successfully by doing one last thing
Let's top off the evening with a drink.
if something such as a price that is increasing tops out, it reaches its highest point and stops rising
Do you think interest rates have topped out now?
top something/somebody ↔
to add more liquid to a container that is partly full
I'll just top up the coffee pot.
to put more drink in someone's glass or cup after they have drunk some
Can I top you up?
to increase the level of something slightly so as to bring it back to the level you want
He had to do extra jobs at the weekend to top up his income.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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