They live on the top floor of the building.
the top news story of the day
the country's top three car manufacturers
He is among the top pitchers of the league.
Safety is our top concern.
The winner showed top form.
Houses are selling at top prices.
What is the car's top speed? Verb
Donations are expected to top $1,000,000 by the end of the month.
The song has topped the charts for seven weeks.
They topped the other company's offer.
She tops everyone else on the team.
I've seen some pretty weird things in my life—but that tops everything! See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The Signature Sliding Tote (seen at the top of this page) is the final new offering from the German manufacturer, available in just two colors: black and navy.—Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 6 Dec. 2023 Ready to take it to the top with her wit, wigs, and energetic moves, this talented wig stylist has done wigs for Drag Race queens Kerri and Sasha Colby, and Beyoncé’s music video dancers.—Adam B. Vary, Variety, 6 Dec. 2023 Snowflake, a data cloud company based in Bozeman, Montana, is at the top.—Alan Murray, Fortune, 5 Dec. 2023 His memoir, which included the Roberts revelations and chronicled his addiction and sobriety journey, returned to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list in the days after his death.—Emily St. Martin, Los Angeles Times, 5 Dec. 2023 But an unexpected phone call from an old friend returned Laine to the top in 1971.—Joe Lynch, Billboard, 5 Dec. 2023 Jil Sander bamboo bangle Everyday bracelets are hard to come by, but Jil Sander’s faux bamboo bangle is at the top of our lists.—Porter Simmons, Vogue, 24 Nov. 2023 At the top of our list right now: the KitchenAid Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, a Le Creuset Signature Oval Dutch Oven, a Ring Doorbell Plus, and this rustic barn door TV stand.—Allison Faccenda, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Nov. 2023 Pipe Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream onto each bar, and top with banana rounds and wafers.—John Somerall, Southern Living, 24 Nov. 2023
The black cherry shade is accompanied by a translucent pinkish white, a cherry red, and a sheer peachy pink — and each one is a base coat, polish, and top coat in one little bottle.—Jamie Allison Sanders, Peoplemag, 7 Dec. 2023 And the top three categories are dominated by women.—Mesfin Fekadu, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Dec. 2023 Check out these top science titles from the past year, selected by Smithsonian magazine’s editors and frequent contributors.—Bridget Alex, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Dec. 2023 In 2014, four of the top five mortgage lenders were banks; in 2022, only Wells Fargo remained in the group, according to the mortgage data analysis firm Recursion.—Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, 7 Dec. 2023 The top three spenders in the game — the Mets, Yankees and Padres — all were shut out of the postseason.—Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Dec. 2023 Our flagship newsletter highlights the best of The New Yorker, including top stories, fiction, humor, and podcasts.—Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, 7 Dec. 2023 Both Boylston and Mendoza cite movement as a top priority in their street clothes.—Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 6 Dec. 2023 Hamas has not commented directly on the offer but its top political official, Ismail Haniyeh, said his group was committed to making the truce work.—Alan Yuhas, New York Times, 25 Nov. 2023
Her go-to is a holiday sangria loaded with fruits, cinnamon sticks and topped with a good brandy.—Nicole Pajer, Peoplemag, 24 Nov. 2023 Insured damages from the storms had never before topped $50 billion.—Richard Vanderford, WSJ, 24 Nov. 2023 GasBuddy data shows that gas prices actually rose by as much as roughly 60 cents from January to August 2023, topping $3.80 a gallon.—Elizabeth Napolitano, CBS News, 23 Nov. 2023 Tracking had Wish, an original story with no affiliated IP, topping the Thanksgiving chart with a five-day feast of $45 million to $50 million, but those predictions appear to have been too bullish.—Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Nov. 2023 Of those, all but one reached the top 10 in the U.K., and two of them topped the survey.
See the full list of dates and ticket info here.—Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 22 Nov. 2023 The nut-paste filling, at once crumbly and creamy, is enriched with seams of shredded dates and topped by a pockmarked surface of shattered walnuts.—Jorge Valencia Mariano Fernandez, New York Times, 14 Nov. 2023 To top it off, the Switchblade can accommodate two people, plus luggage.—Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 13 Nov. 2023 For this iconic dish, often cited as a staple in blogs about local food, rice is slowly simmered in a stock made with fish scraps and topped with fish filets cooked with butter and sage.—Vittoria Traverso, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German zopf tip, tuft of hair
Middle English, from Old English
Greek, from topos
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)