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


fall, slip, stumble, trip, tumble


get up, rise, stand (up), uprise

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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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Despite promoting him, Mr. Netanyahu often stymied and humiliated Mr. Liberman, ignoring or overruling his more bombastic policy positions, from the death penalty for convicted terrorists to toppling Hamas. New York Times, "Israel Election Could Turn on Ugly Breakup of an Odd Couple," 16 Sep. 2019 All of this is obviously about toppling Biden from his perch atop the polls. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Julián Castro Is Not Here to Make Friends," 13 Sep. 2019 Valencia picked up a smash-and-grab 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, toppling Chelsea thanks to Rodrigo's second-half goal., "Chelsea 0-1 Valencia: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Barkley Blunder Ruins Champions League Return," 17 Sep. 2019 The election, their second since the revolution that toppled a long-lasting dictatorship in 2011, was brought forward after the death in July of the president, Beji Caid Essebsi. The Economist, "Tunisia’s presidential race becomes a contest of outsiders," 16 Sep. 2019 Locke’s detractors fail to acknowledge the machinations of the Catholic Church, in England and elsewhere, in which the Holy See acted to destabilize political authorities or condemn them as heretics and see them toppled. Joseph Loconte, National Review, "The Need for a Revival of Lockean Liberalism," 11 Sep. 2019 One of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in Mexico struck off the country's southern coast, toppling hundreds of buildings and killing at least 90 people., "Today in history: September 7," 7 Sep. 2019 Brazilian coach Aleksandar Petrovic was awfully boastful after his team toppled Greece, a squad led by Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, in the FIBA World Cup on Tuesday in China, 79-78. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brazilian coach throws some shade at Giannis after his team topped Greece in the FIBA World Cup," 4 Sep. 2019 The group has now sold out the nearly 40,000-capacity stadium 11 times, toppling their previous record of nine sell-outs. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Zac Brown Band Breaks Their Own Fenway Park Sell-Out Record," 3 Sep. 2019

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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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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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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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