top3 past tense and past participle topped, present participle topping [transitive]
to be higher than a particular amount:
Their profits have reportedly topped £1,000,000 this year.
to be in the highest position in a list because you are the most successful:
be 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 topped the charts 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.
to offer more money than someone else:
A rival company topped our offer by $5 million.
to have something on top:
The roof was topped by a chimney.
a hill topped by pine trees
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.
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!
9 British EnglishDFC
to cut the top and bottom off a piece of fruit or a vegetable
10 British English informal
to kill yourself deliberately
if you top a hill, you reach the top of it:
reach the topliterary
We topped the hill and looked down towards the valley below us.
top something ↔ offphrasal verb
Let's top off the evening with a drink.
top outphrasal verb
Do you think interest rates have topped out now?
top something/somebody ↔ upphrasal verb
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.