top·​ple | \ ˈtä-pəl How to pronounce topple (audio) \
toppled; toppling\ ˈtä-​p(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce topple (audio) \

Definition of topple

intransitive verb

: to fall from or as if from being top-heavy

transitive verb

1 : to cause to topple
2a : overthrow sense 2 topple a dictator

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Examples of topple in a Sentence

The strong winds toppled many trees. The earthquake toppled the buildings. The tree toppled into the river. The rebels tried to topple the dictator. The phone company has toppled its local competition.
Recent Examples on the Web Cups come in so many different sizes, from coffee mugs to water bottles to soft drinks from your favorite fast-food restaurant —making sure your cup will fit and won't topple over can be a challenge. Raena Loper, Good Housekeeping, 6 May 2022 Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the U.S. is not trying to topple Russian President Vladimir Putin, despite its harsh condemnations of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2022 Children have been known to pull out a dresser's drawers to use as steps to climb, which can cause a dresser and TV to topple over. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 8 Feb. 2022 Al-Shabab has vowed retribution on Kenya for sending troops to Somalia in 2011 to fight the militants who are trying to topple the government and establish an Islamic state. Tom Odula, Star Tribune, 12 Mar. 2021 The war in Ukraine has entered a new phase as Russia shifts its forces to the east and south after failing to take Kyiv or topple Zelensky’s government in the early weeks of the conflict. Time, 23 Apr. 2022 There was no immediate response from Moscow, which has been frustrated in its effort to enter Kyiv and topple Zelensky’s government. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 Unlike France, Israel did not overtly seek to topple Assad’s regime. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 With those words, President George W. Bush, on Sept. 20, 2001, launched a war with no end date, taking the fight first to Afghanistan to topple the Taliban regime, which had harbored al Qaeda and 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. CBS News, 5 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of topple

1590, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for topple

frequentative of top entry 3

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16 May 2022

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“Topple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for topple


top·​ple | \ ˈtä-pəl How to pronounce topple (audio) \
toppled; toppling

Kids Definition of topple

: to fall or cause to fall from an upright position When he pulled a book out, several others toppled to the floor.

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