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noun     top pronunciation in British English
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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.

  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’ve lost the top off my shampoo bottle.

  4. 4
    [countable] a piece of clothing that covers the upper part of your body

    This shop stocks a whole range of tops.

    his pyjama top

  5. 5
    [singular] British the part of something such as a street that is furthest away from you

    They’ve bought a new house at the top of our road.

  6. 6
    [countable] a child’s toy that spins around on a point
  7. 7
    [countable] [usually plural] the leaves on some vegetables, for example onions
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  8. 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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