top up

verb
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

Examples of top up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet absent from the fanfare announcement were any details about the Queen’s private funds, which sometimes top up the public grant. David Mcclure, Town & Country, "A Closer Look at Queen Elizabeth’s Most Elusive Estate: The Duchy of Lancaster," 26 Sep. 2020 To get it, employees must work a third of their normal hours, but firms will have to top up wages -- a bar that will be too high for many which are struggling. David Goodman, Bloomberg.com, "2 Million Britons Seen Consigned to Unemployment by Sunak Plan," 25 Sep. 2020 Little ones can top up their school wardrobes over Labor Day weekend’s kids’ sales too, with great picks from The North Face, The Children’s Place and OshKosh B’Gosh. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "Update your wardrobe with tons of Labor Day deals on clothing," 6 Sep. 2020 Little ones can top up their school wardrobes over Labor Day Weekend’s kids’ sales, too, with great picks from The North Face, The Children’s Place and OshKosh B’Gosh. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "Update your wardrobe with tons of Labor Day deals on clothing," 3 Sep. 2020 Under the scheme, the UK government pays workers up to 80% of their salary for a limited period of time, allowing companies to retain them without paying them—though companies were allowed to top up the government money. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "Furloughed Brits got paid not to work—but two-thirds of them worked anyway," 18 Aug. 2020 But because there’s no need for travel this season — apart from to the kitchen to the living room and back to top up on mineral water and coffee — shows have been spaced out by only 30 minutes, effectively doubling the amount of on-calendar shows. Thomas Adamson, USA TODAY, "Amid coronavirus, Paris Fashion Week shifts to unprecedented digital-only shows," 7 July 2020 With great deals on labels like Stuart Weitzmann, Superga and Lacoste across men’s and women’s shoes, clothing, accessory, jewelry and more, there’s plenty of opportunities to top up your wardrobe and replace some of your favorite essentials, too. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "The best deals on clothing, shoes and more from Amazon Canada’s Big Style Sale," 22 June 2020 Before the lockdown, Angela would occasionally top up a SIM card in order to use WhatsApp, but hasn't been able to recharge it since the lockdown. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "What the coronavirus pandemic looks like when you don't have the internet," 7 June 2020

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First Known Use of top up

1937, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of top up was in 1937

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Last Updated

30 Sep 2020

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“Top up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/top%20up. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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