topple

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verb top·ple \ˈtä-pəl\

Definition of topple

toppled

toppling

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  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to fall from or as if from being top-heavy

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to cause to topple

  5. 2a :  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.

Origin and Etymology of topple

frequentative of 2top


First Known Use: 1590


TOPPLE Defined for English Language Learners

topple

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verb top·ple \ˈtä-pəl\

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

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verb top·ple \ˈtä-pəl\

Definition of topple for Students

toppled

toppling

  1. :  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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