over·​top | \ ˌō-vər-ˈtäp How to pronounce overtop (audio) \
overtopped; overtopping; overtops

Definition of overtop

transitive verb

1 : to rise above the top of
2 : to be superior to
3 : surpass

Examples of overtop in a Sentence

a manager whose arrogance was overtopped only by his ineptitude
Recent Examples on the Web At 90 feet, water would overtop trees on the south side of Hamilton, and water levels exceeding 90 feet will top all levees protecting the business district, resulting in major flooding near the river channel through the city. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 12 May 2022 Smaller creeks and tributaries could also overtop their banks, forecasters said, and people who live in flood-prone areas should keep an eye on their region’s river forecasts. oregonlive, 10 Nov. 2021 That amount of water could be enough to overtop some local levees across low-lying south Louisiana, but the massive levee system protecting New Orleans and its inner suburbs is expected to hold. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 28 Aug. 2021 Lake water would overtop its gates and race into the city, and beyond. New York Times, 17 May 2020 The storm could raise ocean levels 7 to 11 feet (2 to 3 meters) at the mouth of the Mississippi River, which could overtop some levees. Brian K Sullivan, Bloomberg.com, 14 Sep. 2020 Those surge levels will not be enough to overtop hurricane levees in New Orleans. Ramon Antonio Vargas | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, 22 Aug. 2020 River levels are not particularly high, so levees are not likely to be overtopped. David Jacobs, Washington Examiner, 4 June 2020 The Edenville Dam, on the border of Midland and Gladwin counties, failed late Tuesday, causing another dam downstream to be overtopped by water and forcing mass evacuations along the Tittabawassee River. Fox News, 21 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of overtop

circa 1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Overtop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overtop. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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