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verb [transitive]     top pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participletopping
past tensetopped
past participletopped
  1. 1
    to be better or more impressive than something else

    I don’t think I can top your fishing story.

    1. a.
      to be in the most important or popular position in a series of things
      top a bill:

      Topping our entertainment bill tonight is someone I know you’ll love.

      top a list/chart:

      The book is now topping bestseller lists all over the world.

  2. 2
    to be larger than a particular amount

    The costs for the project may top £50 million.

  3. 3
    [often passive] to cover something with a layer of something else
    top something with something:

    pizza topped with cheese

    be topped by something:

    hills topped by clumps of trees

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  4. 4
    literary to reach the top of a hill or slope


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