over·​top | \ˌō-vər-ˈtäp \
overtopped; overtopping; overtops

Definition of overtop 

transitive verb

1 : to rise above the top of

2 : to be superior to

3 : surpass

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Examples of overtop in a Sentence

a manager whose arrogance was overtopped only by his ineptitude

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The number could rise to as many as 2,945 dead if levees broke before being overtopped. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "New Orleans area levee system 'high risk,' and 'minimally acceptable', Corps says," 22 May 2018 Scientists have concluded that the Katrina surge that overwhelmed the Mississippi Gulf Coast was a 400-year event, while the surge in Lake Borgne that overtopped St. Bernard Parish and New Orleans levees was a 200- to 250-year event. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "New Orleans area levee system 'high risk,' and 'minimally acceptable', Corps says," 22 May 2018 In a 200-year event, levees throughout the New Orleans area would be overtopped, Needham's assessment said. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "New Orleans area levee system 'high risk,' and 'minimally acceptable', Corps says," 22 May 2018 Her eyes, not quite blue, not quite brown, have a watery quality, as if some sadness in her nature has finally overtopped its banks. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "My disastrous tea with Glenda Jackson," 26 Apr. 2018 At the current forecast, water will near the west end bridge approach to FM 1485 and may overtop the roadway. From Community Reports, Houston Chronicle, "Moderate flooding expected along West and East Forks of San Jacinto River," 30 Mar. 2018 Their muffins overtopped the baking tins in a mushroom cloud shape and were not only spectacular to look at, but delicious. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "A mailbag full of food memories," 19 Mar. 2018 The sea wall in Scituate, Mass., is already being overtopped by waves as the first high tide of the storm rolls in. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Wind gusts topped 93 mph in nor’easter, Boston storm surge falls short of record," 3 Mar. 2018 But mainly, the focus is on preventing flooding in the first place, by raising the ground at low-lying spots — places a storm surge could overtop, swamping an entire neighborhood. Tim Logan, BostonGlobe.com, "Waterfront developers prepare for a sea change," 10 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of overtop

circa 1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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