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

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Examples of overtop in a Sentence

a manager whose arrogance was overtopped only by his ineptitude

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Terrebonne, Lafourche, Jefferson and St. Mary parishes experienced flooding when levees overtopped Saturday, closing off access to several roads and requiring at least 12 people be rescued. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Louisiana is cleaning up after Tropical Storm Barry brought rain, wind and flooding," 15 July 2019 Barry’s waters overtopped the Montegut and Dularge levees, though none of them were breached. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Vastly Improved Levee System Credited for Saving Terrebonne Parish from Hurricane Barry Floodwaters," 15 July 2019 At least three Louisiana levees had been overtopped as of Sunday morning; however, all have held. Gabriela Resto-montero, Vox, "Tropical Storm Barry: What we know," 14 July 2019 But a levee in Terrebonne Parish was overtopped by water for part of the day, officials said. Fox News, "Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water," 14 July 2019 In Plaquemines Parish, down the road from New Orleans, officials said earthen levees along Highway 23 and cow pastures had overtopped in spots, sending water into the sparsely populated Myrtle Grove and Point Celeste communities. Richard Fausset, New York Times, "Hurricane Barry Spares New Orleans (So Far), as Inland Cities Brace for Floods," 13 July 2019 The levees have never been overtopped in the city’s modern-day history, but the river remains swollen by months of rain across the Midwest, and its flows will push against a storm surge flowing upstream from the Gulf of Mexico. Washington Post, "Louisiana faces triple threat of storm surge, river, rain," 13 July 2019 But late Friday the National Weather Service announced that the risk of overtopping was minimal: the storm surge had already passed, and the river would crest on Monday at 17.1 feet — two feet lower than previously predicted. Jenny Jarvie, latimes.com, "Barry strengthens into a hurricane as it pummels Louisiana coast with rain and wind," 13 July 2019 But a levee in Terrebonne Parish was overtopped by water, officials said. Sarah Blake Morgan And Janet Mcconnaughey, orlandosentinel.com, "Tropical Storm Barry weakens upon landfall in Louisiana, dumps rain across Gulf Coast," 13 July 2019

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First Known Use of overtop

circa 1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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