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
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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 In late October, Swift added a bit of warmth to her chilly New York look by pairing a buttery leather Madewell blazer with a black top and brown corduroy miniskirt.—Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 24 Nov. 2023 The zippers on this bag are designed to accommodate TSA-friendly locks to add an extra layer of protection against theft, and the suitcase is fitted with top and bottom carry handles to easily lift onto the luggage belt.—Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 23 Nov. 2023 According to court documents in San Diego federal court, similar groups operating locally have installed card skimmers, usually known as overlay skimmers, by installing a counterfeit faceplate over the top of a legitimate card reader.—Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Nov. 2023 Overall, low-sodium diets led to a reduction in systolic blood pressure (the top, or first number), compared to participants’ usual and high-sodium diets.—Lauren Manaker Ms, Rdn, Health, 23 Nov. 2023 That kept Jason and Daniella at the top of the leaderboard with a score of 43 and moved Harry and Rylee to the bottom with a 30.
Once voting closed, Alfonso shared that Tuesday's episode received more votes than any other night this season.—Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 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 Phillips has built out a campaign team that included top strategists who worked on the presidential campaigns of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Andrew Yang.—Azi Paybarah The Washington Post, arkansasonline.com, 25 Nov. 2023 Amazon This power bank is our top upgrade pick in our guide to the Best Portable Chargers.—Eric Ravenscraft, WIRED, 25 Nov. 2023 The Aztecs have already faced three opponents in the top 75 of the Kenpom metric (BYU, Saint Mary’s, Washington), plus a Long Beach State team that has road wins at DePaul and Michigan.—Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Nov. 2023 These include top picks across skin, makeup, and hair essentials.—Anamaria Glavan, Allure, 24 Nov. 2023 Western diplomatic efforts will now feature a high-profile ex-leader, with former British Prime Minister David Cameron named the U.K.'s top diplomat.—NBC News, 14 Nov. 2023 In the current case, one mystery is why Adams decided to appoint a recent college graduate to a top fund-raising position.—Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 14 Nov. 2023 Notably, Ghana placed among the top 25 places of origin for the first time in Open Doors history.—Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 13 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)