top up


topped up; topping up; tops up

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

British : to replenish a supply
top-up noun British

Examples of top up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of the country’s biggest pub chains are asking guests to top up the tab with a gratuity of 10% or more, making for awkward moments at the public house, an institution whose age-old appeal is ingrained in the reliable fabric of British tradition. Anthony Palazzo, Fortune Europe, 10 May 2024 Some doctors recommend a top up every six months, after patients get at least two treatments over the course of several weeks. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 9 May 2024 Ghilarducci and Hassett think that only a federal program in which savings accounts of eligible workers are topped up with government money will significantly increase the participation and savings rates of low-income Americans. Michael Steinberger Malcolm Hillgartner Tanya Pérez Steven Szczesniak, New York Times, 8 May 2024 Home charging s one of the benefits EV owners enjoy most: starting every day with a full charge and topping up overnight. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 10 Apr. 2024 Extended-range EVs, like the Mazda MX-30 R-EV, use a battery which can be independently charged and is topped up by the rotary engine. Neil Winton, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 In the case of the OVO Energy-Nissan trial, the V2G charger was £3,700 more expensive than a unidirectional smart charger that can automatically top up a car at the cheapest times and thus save money. Sabrina Weiss, WIRED, 20 Mar. 2024 By the end of 2023, there were almost 8,000 places to quickly top up an EV (28% of them exclusive to Tesla). Kyle Stock, Fortune, 7 Mar. 2024 Here was a man who could be bought, greedy to top up his demeaning £30 annual salary. Sean Kingsley, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of top up was in 1885

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Cite this Entry

“Top up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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