I UK [tɒp] / US [tɑp] noun
Word forms "top":
singular top plural tops
a) [countable, usually singular] the highest place, point, part, or surface of something

We could see mountain tops in the distance.

at the top of something:

I left my purse at the top of the stairs.

the very top:

Our cat had climbed to the very top of the tree.

reach the top:

We reached the top of the hill and looked down.

on top (of something):

He sprinkled sugar on top of the cake.

b) a flat surface, especially the flat upper surface of a piece of furniture

You need to wipe down the table tops.

2) the top the highest status within a group or organization, or the person in this position

She started as an administrative assistant and worked her way to the top.

at the top of your profession:

He was a man of forty-five, at the top of his profession.

a) [countable] a lid or cover for a container

I've lost the top off my shampoo bottle.

b) a cover for a pen
4) [countable] a piece of clothing that covers the upper part of your body

This shop stocks a whole range of tops.

his pyjama top

5) [singular] British the part of something such as a street that is furthest away from you

They've bought a new house at the top of our road.

6) [countable] a child's toy that spins around on a point
7) [countable, usually plural] the leaves on some vegetables, for example onions
a) the top
informal the beginning of an activity, especially a performance of something take it from the top:

Let's take it from the top of the second act.

b) in baseball, the first half of an inning

at the top of your voice/lungs — with a very loud voice

She was singing at the top of her lungs.

(be) the topsinformal old-fashioned to be the best or the most successful

This place is the tops for outstanding facilities.

come out on top/come out topsinformal to be the best or the winner

Phil always comes out on top.


II UK [tɒp] / US [tɑp] adjective [usually before noun] ***
1) at or on the highest part of something

Our room is on the top floor.

I can't reach the top shelf of the cupboard.

the top left-hand corner of the envelope

top half:

The top half of the wall came crashing down.

2) highest in status, degree, or importance

At top speed, these planes break the sound barrier.

It's one of the top business schools in the country.

top prize:

He won the top prize.

a top player/scientist/student:

He's one of the top players in the league.

top priority:

Our top priority now is finding shelter for the flood victims.

3) British informal used about someone who you like very much

She's a top girl with a great sense of humour.

III UK [tɒp] / US [tɑp] verb [transitive]
Word forms "top":
present tense I/you/we/they top he/she/it tops present participle topping past tense topped past participle topped
a) to be better or more impressive than something else

I don't think I can top your fishing story.

b) to be in the most important or popular position in a series of things
top a bill:

Topping our entertainment bill tonight is someone I know you'll love.

top a list/chart:

The book is now topping bestseller lists all over the world.

2) to be larger than a particular amount

The costs for the project may top £50 million.

3) [often passive] to cover something with a layer of something else
top something with something:

pizza topped with cheese

be topped by something:

hills topped by clumps of trees

4) literary to reach the top of a hill or slope

to top it all (off)spoken in addition to everything else that was said or done

To top it all, she left me with huge debts.

top an offer/bid — to say you will pay more money for something than someone else

Another couple topped our offer by £1,000.

Phrasal verbs:

English dictionary. 2014.

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