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adjective [usually before noun] top pronunciation in British English /tɒp/
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  1. 1
    at or on the highest part of something
    Our room is on the top floor.
    I can’t reach the top shelf of the cupboard.
    the top left-hand corner of the envelope
    top half: The top half of the wall came crashing down.
  2. 2
    highest in status, degree, or importance
    At top speed, these planes break the sound barrier.
    It’s one of the top business schools in the country.
    top prize: He won the top prize.
    a top player/scientist/student: He’s one of the top players in the league.
    top priority: Our top priority now is finding shelter for the flood victims.
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  3. 3
    British informal used about someone who you like very much
    She’s a top girl with a great sense of humour.


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