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top

noun  us   /tɑp/

top noun (HIGHEST PART)

[C] the highest point, 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 upper surface 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 rounded sides that you can spin on a point at its bottom

top noun (CLOTHING)

[C] a piece of clothing worn 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 successful position in a group or organization: At forty he was at the top of (= one of the leaders of) his profession.

top

adjective [not gradable]  us   /tɑp/

top adjective [not gradable] (UPPER)

in the highest or upper part: She tripped over the top step and nearly fell. The pages are numbered on the top right-hand corner (= on the upper right surface of the page).

top

adjective, adverb [not gradable]  us   /tɑp/

top adjective, adverb [not gradable] (BEST)

(in the position of being) at the highest level 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 fashion industry. As a chess player, he’s among the top 10% in the country. Top is used with many different words to mean best: top-ranked athletes top-rated bonds top-seeded tennis players

top

verb [T]  us   /tɑp/ (-pp-)

top verb [T] (BE HIGHER THAN)

to be more than: The school building fund 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."
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