top up

topped up; topping up; tops up

Definition of top up

transitive verb

British : to make up to the full quantity, capacity, or amount

intransitive verb

British : to replenish a supply

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Other Words from top up

top-up \ ˈtäp-​ˌəp How to pronounce top-up (audio) \ noun, British

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Air flow with the top down is well controlled at highway speeds, but with the top up there is noticeable road noise above 65 mph. San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Boxster 718: preserving Porsche purity," 18 Aug. 2019 Seawater expands when heated and rises more when topped up by meltwater from sweating glaciers and ice caps. The Economist, "One way or another the deluge is coming," 15 Aug. 2019 Users set up a mobile wallet—either linked to a bank account or topped up through transfers from another user—and then use the service to make everyday payments by punching codes into the phone’s call function. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Virtual-Cash Treasure in Zimbabwe Sparks Fight Over Billions," 2 Jan. 2019 Most of the time, the two annual monsoons suffice to top up lakes and groundwater. The Economist, "Thirsty Indian cities have a management problem, not a water problem," 4 July 2019 Growers only need to top up the water tank once a month and change printer-like nutrient cartridges a couple of times a year. Crystal Reid, Popular Mechanics, "This Tiny Island Is Trying to Save the World. But Why?," 12 June 2019 On the return trip, overnight at Nankoweap Creek, and be sure to top up your water bottles for the last 10.6 dry miles back to the rim. Robert Earle Howells, National Geographic, "Discover the Grand Canyon's less-trafficked trails," 12 June 2019 Pull the top up and open it around the shoulders to show a little bit more skin in that area. Glamour, "How to Wear a White Shirt Like a Fashion Person," 26 Mar. 2019 AmEx has worked with its Chinese partner, Lianlian, as far back as 2012, providing technology to power Lianlian’s digital wallets, which Chinese consumers can use to top up mobile phone minutes and pay bills with. Chao Deng, WSJ, "China Approves American Express Card Service, Addressing U.S. Concerns About Markets," 9 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of top up

1937, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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