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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The uprising was the third popular revolt to topple a president in Kyrgyzstan since 2005. Reuters, CNN, "Kyrgyzstan's acting president may seek constitution change to run for full term," 19 Oct. 2020 Online spending records are expected to topple every 24 hours, edging above $2 billion each day between Nov. 1 through Nov. 21, then growing to $3 billion a day up to Dec. 3, Adobe says. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Will gifts arrive in time for Christmas? Target, Macy's, other stores offering same-day delivery for holiday rush," 27 Nov. 2020 Heavy flows claw at the banks; trees topple in like matchsticks. Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, "Creek or a ditch? The fight over Limbo Creek could change the fate of hundreds of Minnesota waterways," 7 Nov. 2020 The Supreme Court’s decision could topple many Americans into an abyss of despair—and could kill some. Carolyn Barber, Fortune, "A blueprint for whoever wins the presidential election to fix America’s health care mess," 4 Nov. 2020 By some estimates, the continuing devastation could eventually topple up to half of the city’s 24,000 restaurants. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "Inside One Brooklyn Restaurant’s Desperate Fight to Survive the Pandemic," 1 Nov. 2020 The recent declines could topple QQQ from the No. 1 spot among hedge funds., "World’s Top Hedge Fund Soars 275% With Bets on China Schools," 1 Nov. 2020 Amid demonstrations against racial inequality and police brutality, there have also been pushes to remove, topple, or otherwise reassess symbols, monuments, and names that have ties to slavery or other forms of oppression, including the Confederacy. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Wall Street Journal editorial board members bemoan 'reinventing history' after report targets DC landmarks," 6 Sep. 2020 In large enough amounts, these vaporization events can topple any terrains that might exist above them—perhaps reshaping planetary surfaces in the process. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Mercury’s Messy Surface May Have Once Had Crucial Ingredients for Life," 24 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of topple was in 1590

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16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Topple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of topple

: to cause (something) to become unsteady and fall
: to remove (a government or a leader) from power
US : to win a victory over (someone or something) in a war, contest, etc.


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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