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Meaning of “top” in the English Dictionary

"top" in British English

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topnoun

uk   /tɒp/  us   /tɑːp/
  • top noun (HIGHEST PART)

A2 [C] the ​highestplace or ​part: She ​waited for me at the top of the ​stairs. There were ​flags on the tops of many of the ​buildings. There was a ​pile of ​books on top of (= on) the ​table. [C] the ​flatuppersurface of something: The top of the ​table/​desk was ​badlyscratched.

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  • top noun (CLOTHES)

B1 [C] any ​piece of ​lightclothingworn on the ​part of the ​body above the ​waist: a ​skimpy top a ​pyjama top I need a top to go with these ​trousers.

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  • top noun (LID)

C1 [C] the ​cover or ​lid used to ​close a ​container or ​pen: a screw-on top a ​bottle top a ​pen top

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  • top noun (TOY)

topadjective [before noun]

uk   /tɒp/  us   /tɑːp/
B1 [before noun] at the ​highestpart of something: There's a ​dirtymark on the top ​left-handcorner of the ​picture. The ​offices are on the top ​floor of the ​building. He was ​standing on the top ​rung of a ​ladder. The ​ballcurled into the top ​corner of the ​net.

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in the ​partnearest to the ​highestpart; in the ​upperpart: The top few ​steps were ​damaged and ​broken.

topadjective, adverb

uk   /tɒp/  us   /tɑːp/
B1 (in the ​position of being) most ​important or ​successful; ​best: So what would be ​your top ​choice of a ​place to go on ​holiday? As a ​chessplayer he's among the top ten ​percent in the ​country.B1 Top ​people, ​organizations, or ​activities are the most ​important or ​successfulones: top ​athletes/​executives top ​jobs top ​schoolsat top speed as ​fast as ​possible: The ​trainthundered through the ​station at top ​speed.be/come top B2 UK to be the ​student with the ​bestresults: She came top (of the ​class) in ​English. Sam was top at/in Science.on top form UK (US in top form) feeling or doing things as well as ​possible: Paul's back on top ​form after his ​illness.

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topadjective, exclamation

uk   /tɒp/  us   /tɑːp/ UK informal

topverb

uk   /tɒp/  us   /tɑːp/ (-pp-)
  • top verb (HIGHEST PART)

C2 [T] (also top off) to be on the ​uppersurface of something, ​especially as a ​decoration: The ​dessert was topped off withwhippedcream and ​pieces of ​fruit.

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top-prefix

uk   /tɒp-/  us   /tɑːp-/
(Definition of top from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"top" in American English

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topnoun

 us   /tɑp/
  • top noun (HIGHEST PART)

[C] the ​highestpoint, ​place, or ​part: We set out for the top of the ​mountain at ​daybreak. The ​book was on (the) top of the ​table (= on the ​uppersurface of the ​table).
  • top noun (LID)

[C] a ​cover or ​lid used to ​close a ​container: a ​bottle top
  • top noun (TOY)

[C] a ​toy with ​roundedsides that you can ​spin on a ​point at ​itsbottom
  • top noun (CLOTHING)

[C] a ​piece of ​clothingworn esp. by women on the ​part of the ​body above the ​waist: I’m ​looking for a ​matching top to go with this ​skirt.
  • top noun (BEST POSITION)

[U] the most ​important or ​successfulposition in a ​group or ​organization: At forty he was at the top of (= one of the ​leaders of) his ​profession.

topadjective [not gradable]

 us   /tɑp/
in the ​highest or ​upperpart: She ​tripped over the top ​step and ​nearlyfell. The ​pages are ​numbered on the top ​right-handcorner (= on the ​upperrightsurface of the ​page).

topadjective, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /tɑp/
(in the ​position of being) at the ​highestlevel of ​importance, ​achievement, or ​success; ​best: It was ​rated among the ten top ​universities in the ​nation. She’s one of the top ​executives in the ​fashionindustry. As a ​chessplayer, he’s among the top 10% in the ​country. Top is used with many different words to ​meanbest: top-ranked ​athletes top-rated ​bonds top-seeded ​tennisplayers

topverb [T]

 us   /tɑp/ (-pp-)
  • top verb [T] (BE HIGHER THAN)

to be more than: The ​schoolbuildingfund now tops $180,000.
  • top verb [T] (MAKE BETTER)

to do, ​pay, etc. more than anyone ​else; to make something more or ​better: "They’ve ​offered me $1000." "I’m ​afraid we can’t top (= ​offer more than) that."
(Definition of top from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"top" in Business English

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topnoun

uk   us   /tɒp/
the top the most important or ​successfulposition in an ​organization, ​activity, etc.: He ​worked hard and quickly ​reached the top of his ​profession. Congratulations on your ​promotion - how are you enjoying life at the top?
be at the top of your game informal to be able to use your ​skills and ​abilities to a very high ​level, and ​even more than you have done previously: She's 55 and at the top of her ​game as an ​entrepreneur.
come out on top to be the ​winner in a ​competitivesituation: The ​company that ​drops its ​prices first will come out on top.
from the top down at all ​levels in a ​company, ​including the most important ​managers: There have been mutiple ​failures, from the top down. From the top down, ​staff are remarkably ​optimistic. starting at the ​level of the most important ​managers and ​spreading to other ​employees: Change has been ​imposed from the top down.
on top (of sth) in ​addition to something: When we came to ​pay for the ​goods, there was a ​deliverycharge on top. We expect ​sales to ​rise by 6% on top of last year's ​growth. The company's in ​financial trouble and on top of that they're ​losingkeystaff. in ​control of a ​situation: be/get/stay on top of sth Management ​needs to get on top of the problem quickly.
top of mind MARKETING →  front of mind

topadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /tɒp/
most important or ​successful in an ​organization, ​activity, etc.: We have a ​meeting with the company's top ​managers. She's ​applying for a ​range of top ​jobs in the ​field. He ​graduated from one of the top universities in the country.
in the ​highestposition or ​rank: My ​office is on the top ​floor of the ​building.top 10/50/100, etc. A ​number of Fortune Magazine's top 500 ​companiesmaintainheadquarters or ​majorfacilities in New Jersey.

topadverb

uk   us   /tɒp/
very successfully: a top ​performing/top ​achievingcompany

topverb [T]

uk   us   /tɒp/ (-pp-)
to do something better than you did previously, or better than someone else: The ​salesteam are ​aiming to top last year's ​performance. The ​figures topped last year's ​results by 15%.
to be more than a particular ​number or ​amount: Visits to the ​website are now topping 5,000 ​per day.
to be in the ​highestposition in a ​list or ​rank: They top the ​list of high-performing ​investments.
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(Definition of top from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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