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noun top pronunciation in American English /tɑp/
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  1. 1
    [countable] [usually singular] the highest place, point, part, or surface of something
    We could see mountain tops in the distance.
    at the top of something: I left my purse at the top of the stairs.
    the very top: Our cat had climbed to the very top of the tree.
    reach the top: We reached the top of the hill and looked down.
    on top (of something): He sprinkled sugar on top of the cake.
    1. a.
      a flat surface, especially the flat upper surface of a piece of furniture
      You need to wipe down the table tops.
  2. 2

    the top

    the highest status within a group or organization, or the person in this position
    She started as an administrative assistant and worked her way to the top.
    at the top of your profession: He was a man of forty-five, at the top of his profession.
  3. 3
    [countable] a lid or cover for a container
    I lost the top to my shampoo bottle.
  4. 4
    [countable] a piece of clothing that covers the upper part of your body
    This store carries a lot of nice knit tops.
    his pajama top
  5. 5
    [singular] British the part of something such as a street that is farthest away from you
    They’ve bought a new house at the top of our road.
  6. 7
    [countable] [usually plural] the leaves on some vegetables, for example onions
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  7. 8

    the top

    informal the beginning of an activity, especially a performance of something
    take it from the top: Let’s take it from the top of the second act.



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