topple

verb top·ple \ ˈtä-pəl \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of topple

toppled; toppling play \-p(ə-)liŋ\
intransitive verb
:to fall from or as if from being top-heavy
transitive verb
1 :to cause to topple
2 a :overthrow 2
  • topple a dictator
b :defeat 3

Examples of topple in a Sentence

  1. The strong winds toppled many trees.

  2. The earthquake toppled the buildings.

  3. The tree toppled into the river.

  4. The rebels tried to topple the dictator.

  5. The phone company has toppled its local competition.

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Origin and Etymology of topple

frequentative of 3top

topple Synonyms


TOPPLE Defined for English Language Learners

topple

verb

Definition of topple for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (something) to become unsteady and fall

  • : to remove (a government or a leader) from power

  • : to win a victory over (someone or something) in a war, contest, etc.


TOPPLE Defined for Kids

topple

verb top·ple \ ˈtä-pəl \

Definition of topple for Students

toppled; toppling
: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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