\ə-ˈtäp \

Definition of atop 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: on, to, or at the top

Definition of atop (Entry 2 of 2)

: on top of

Examples of atop in a Sentence


The house sits atop a cliff overlooking the ocean.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb or adjective

The house of cards that Desna sits atop is going to crumble, but who will come out victorious as the top boss? Nina Metz, chicagotribune.com, "‘Claws’ Episode 5 recap: 5 things to know about ‘Vaginalologist’ and the good doctor’s betrayal," 9 July 2018 Further, aluminum makers must pay a mysterious fee atop all U.S. orders: the Midwest Premium, which is said to cover the cost of transporting, storing and delivering the metal. Pete Coors, WSJ, "In a Trade War, It’s Hard to Get a Head," 14 May 2018 Even the visual aspect of the show was scaled way back, kept to four small banks of stage lights set behind the players and a small silvery platform that all the musicians stood atop. Robert Ham, Billboard, "Haim Brings Charm and Enthusiasm to Sister Sister Sister Tour Opener in Portland," 4 Apr. 2018 The hip-hop artist's second studio effort, ?, could debut atop next week's list with over 115,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending March 22. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "XXXTentacion's '?' Aiming for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Albums Chart," 19 Mar. 2018 For a delightful hors d'oeuvre, combine chopped cherry tomatoes with fresh tarragon and slivers of Parmesan cheese; spoon atop thick rectangles of country bread and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil. Country Living, "How to Grow Tomatoes from Seeds," 5 Mar. 2018 Victoria’s Secret for underthings, and American Eagle for what goes atop. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "When Malls Saved the Suburbs From Despair," 17 Feb. 2018 The battle this season however is not just to maintain top-four status, but now the almost apocalyptic scenario of a less than atop-six is a very real prospect. SI.com, "FanView: Oxlade-Chamberlain Resurgence Under Klopp Should Be Final Nail in Arsene Wenger's Coffin," 18 Jan. 2018 It is made with everything from chicken to goat to wild boar to fish, slow-cooked over branches of green pimento wood laid atop hot coals. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "New Orleans' Caribbean chefs give Jerk Chicken Fest authentic flavor," 16 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

The tarp is a temporary cap that will soon get more sand and grass atop it. Anne Geggis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Mount Trashmore, the landfill that's over 20 stories, will grow bigger and taller," 13 July 2018 The Modesto report that the Fresno department helped write warned against firefighters climbing atop the roofs of burning garages. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "In a tragic loop, firefighters continue to die from preventable mistakes," 13 July 2018 The commercially successful single went on to power its way atop the Billboard Hot 100 on May 3, 2008, and spent five weeks at No. 1. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Decoding All of Drake's References on 'In My Feelings'," 13 July 2018 Drilling and organic farms Paonia sits in a fertile shadow of the Rockies atop the nation’s second-largest shale gas reserve. Zack Colman, Scientific American, "A Trump Oil Boom Could Transform This Rocky Mountain Landscape," 13 July 2018 Less than a week after suffering through his toughest race of the season — an uncharacteristic 12th-place finish at Iowa Speedway — Scott Dixon climbed right back atop the Verizon IndyCar Series mountain. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Scott Dixon climbs back atop IndyCar mountain as Hondas dominate Day 1 in Toronto," 13 July 2018 His predecessor also had put the sayings atop each of the Senate’s calendars. Gillian Mcgoldrick, Philly.com, "In the Pa. Senate, every day starts with a witty ditty," 12 July 2018 The result is a zesty and silky filling, with hints of sweetness atop the aforementioned crust — the whole thing topped with dollops of freshly made whipped cream. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Boise Pie Co. shows its Southern roots, bakes up delicious desserts," 12 July 2018 The survivors buried the dead in three mass graves along the train tracks, and a stone bearing the star of David was laid atop each site one year later. Emanuella Grinberg, Smithsonian, "When a Bavarian Monastery Provided a Home to Jewish Refugees," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of atop

Adverb or adjective

1638, in the meaning defined above


1638, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of atop

: on top of

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Kids Definition of atop

: on top of The castle sits atop a cliff.

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